India 195 Recruit Journal Week 07

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India 195 Recruit Journal

Formed: Oct 31, 2017

Graduates: December 21, 2017


Graduation Program: Posted Thursday afternoon: Week 7 Blog

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As we gear into the last week of Recruit Training, I can say that I look back on the past seven weeks with pride. It is a new feeling for most of us. Yes, we had our off base liberty; but to me, we had another milestone this past week that just resonates a little bit more.

I am sure that you’ve all seen the India-195 colors. The Yellow flag with the black hole in the center (legend says that our Company Commanders send the souls of recruits into it). “Two roads diverged in a yellow wood… I took the one less traveled by.” When my mom read me the poem by Robert Frost as a child that I pulled that line from, I didn’t realize how much of an impact it would later have on my personal values. It’s something I feel that I’ve tried my best to have at the end of every day. Looking back, I think we all had the same idea when we wanted to earn those colors. That Sunday, after we ran all over our squadbays, marched with all of our personal belongings on our back, and returned to Sexton Hall (the building we formed in), our Lead Company Commander, IT1 Abascal, spoke to us. He gave us an option that day. We could go the easy way, or the hard way. Upon choosing the harder way, he lead us to the ocean telling us, “That is the hard way. You have already chosen it. To leave your families to live in the sea is the hard way, and you made that decision already.” Throughout the past week we kept the standard we had already set to be fast, loud, and intense; and I think we’re riding the wave to the end.

Monday through Friday was packed with training, most of it hands on. We received CPR and First Aid training, and were trained in how to react in a life threatening event. A heart attack could happen to anyone at any time. A sudden cardiac arrest doesn’t just attack unhealthy people, and knowing the basics to help is priceless. Our other major classes this week took place in Seamanship. Finishing up there was bittersweet because I know many of us thoroughly enjoyed DC2 Wright’s classes. Getting to work on a simulated deck was very cool, though. We got to practice mooring a vessel, or essentially bringing it into port.

Another milestone for us came on Thursday. Getting to have an open Q&A session with YNMC Caille-Jones was a good look into what our Coast Guard careers could potentially be like with the right hard work and dedication. Having the opportunity to talk with someone that has had success in what we are all here for, service, was a great resource. Service is why we’re here. Commitment to helping others is the lifestyle we have all chosen to live. Commitment to service is giving up a lot of pay to serve. Commitment is surrendering our personal concerns for the success of others.

Friday, though, was the big day. Taking our final was nerve-racking. After all was said and done, we had no change in numbers, so at least no one failed that bad. That afternoon, however, came a pretty decent hiccup. Missed commands lead to a poorly executed close order drill/manual of arms test. That’s life, though. We owned the mistake and we moved on. Regardless, Saturday came along with off-base liberty. Getting to relax for a few hours was much needed. Towards the end of our time away, though, came a new feeling. We were ready to go back to the regiment. Seeing the light at the end of the tunnel makes us want to be even louder, faster, and set the example. We are the senior company know, and we are proud of that.

In the event that this is my last summary, I want to say thank you. Here in fabulous Cape May, NJ, we get what we can; and the love sent from everyone the entire time was helping us to remember why we are here. Parents, spouses, children, and loved ones, we thank you. Fair winds and following seas SR Trey Dallas


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.