India 195 Recruit Journal Week 06

International Maritime Signal Flag

India 195 Recruit Journal

Formed: Oct 31, 2017

Graduates: December 21, 2017


India-195 Historian Log

Week 06 Summary


I’m sure that most of y’all heard all about this week already. The travel plans, the boot camp stories you pretend to laugh at, and all about how ready we are to be home again. Just in case you missed it though, here’s a look back on week 06 at fabulous Cape May, New Jersey.

To start off the week, the company split off into what is called port and starboard side. Those assigned an even roster order number go with the port side, and odd numbers belong to starboard side. On Monday, port side went for our firearms training. For quite a few recruits, it was their first time ever handling a weapon. It served as a growing up point for a lot of people. Seeing, “Hey, this is real. Time to grow up,” is what a lot of us needed.

Following our training day came what was another milestone for a lot of my shipmates – shooting. As a “good ‘ole boy” from southern Virginia, I’m bound by contract to be an avid shooter, which made it a breath of fresh air for me. Getting to leave base (even for a short time) is always a treat. Of course, what comes up must come down. Upon returning to the training center, I was told all about the “shark tank” that went down in the galley. Having 02 new on probation, 01 get reverted, and all of the company looking like a deer in the headlights; I knew something was going down. An unhappy company commander means terrified (not to mention sore) recruits.

After the Tuesday to end all Tuesdays, came a day of admin time. Basically this is our time to…well, get our lives together. We set up travel, talk to units, and get information needed to report to our unit. This was exciting for all of us. Getting to set up where we’re going and how to get there through travel agents was a “big kid” choice. Growing up is hard, but boot camp is still the hardest thing most here have done. It isn’t just us, though. Recruit training is a constant cycle. This is I-195’s fight, but it isn’t the war. There’s no use in squaring away 01 rack when 05 around you need help getting their linen on.

Thursday pushed us more academically. Class after class felt like I was back in college. I went to a small school in the Appalachian Mountains known for its strict first year, so I’m not new to the fatigue felt in classes here.

Friday came Grad Support. I’m sure there isn’t a single person thinking, “Damn, that looks like a straight pivot.” It’s a myth though. No one actually graduates.

And I’m sure that y’all know exactly what today entailed. On base (liberty) is a privilege. Earn everything is what IT1 Abascal told us. I can say, I know most of did. The few on shift, an almost. It’s a short, simple comms, yes? Grown-ups doing grown up stuff. We’ll figure out how to be fast and loud to getting out. Thank you all, from I-195. You’ll use the bar soon. Before we know it, it’ll be over. For now, we all appreciate the support.



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.