India 195 Recruit Journal Week 05

India 195 Recruit Journal

Formed: Oct 31, 2017

Graduates: December 21, 2017


Week 05


Week 05 has brought a lot of change for I-195. Changes in attitude, changes in pace, changes in training, and changes in numbers. This whole week has felt like a dead sprint, but week 06 is right around the corner.

Starting off with Monday most of us were pretty shaken up. Our morning uniform inspection didn’t go as well as we had planned. I know we all felt as ready as we cou8ld have been, but we were promptly reminded how that idea was. After getting our dosage of correction, we went on about the rest of our day. Now, we didn’t exactly have the thrill of fire fighting this week, but there is always, still, something to keep the blood pumping.

As I said before, our inspection didn’t go very well. This resulted in an entirely new uniform for I-195. Starting from the bottom, we tucked our trousers into our socks. Next came the popped collars on our blouse, and we wore our covers backwards. Walking around dressed as a member of Babe Ruth’s team wasn’t exactly a pride builder. In fact, the tape reading “civilian” across out uniform came as a reality check to some. After that day, though, I’ve noticed a change in our company. Attention to detail is essential to our service, both here and the fleet. Taking lessons like that is what changes us for a lifetime. Between the uniform inspection and surprise rack inspection (both done by senior leadership), this week has definitely been one for the books.

Academically speaking, this week was a lot to get us ready to live on our own. The most beneficial being the personal finance class. Having the time to be taught about this is invaluable at our age. I know my mom is comforted knowing that, and I doubt that she’s alone. The Coast Guard is a family service. They take care of us in a different way as recruits. Having the classes to explain our travel, help us with saving money, and to help with housing is phenomenal.

Of course, one other big thing came this week. Y’all know what I’m talking about too; our orders. Having a place to go to after graduation changes things. It helps to see the means to an end. For some, it’s right in their home state. For others, it’s across the country. Some were happy, others were disappointed; but all are excited to serve.

It’s been tough to get to where we are now, but we still have a ways to go. We haven’t graduated yet. Now is time for India to set the example. With the new company in Indoctrination, I hardly believe that was us not too long ago. The week is about over. Week 06 isn’t going to be given. We’ll fight for our training.

I do understand the thrill, but now India is back to recruit mode; orders or not.



Editor’s Note: This blog post was written by a recruit currently involved in Coast Guard basic training. The thoughts and opinions expressed in this Journal do not necessarily reflect those of Training Center Cape May, the U.S. Coast Guard or the federal government and are the sole opinion of the author. Recruit Journals are written by personnel in a high-stress environment with little time, so please excuse grammar and punctuation in the above article. The staff at Training Center Cape May do not edit the journals in any way, so as to ensure authenticity of the content and messages.