India 196 Recruit Journal Week 02

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India 196 Recruit Journal

Formed: Jul 10, 2018

Graduates: Aug 31, 2018


Graduation Program: Posted Thursday afternoon: Week 7 Blog

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This week flew by! Every day was a roller coaster with twists and turns around every corner. We received our pieces (M-16 rifles) this week, learned safety afloat survival techniques, and repainted the floors of Healy Hall with a whole lot of sweat. The days seem to last forever, but with two weeks on the books, our time here at Cape May truly is flying by. Speaking of Cape May, the “Cape May Crud” has begun sweeping through our ranks with a vengeance, Two weeks straight of screaming every greeting, question, and statement has already left our throats bruised and battered. Coupled with the “crud” and our company can heard across the base croaking and coughing our way through these busy days.

This week can be summed up in three words: Canteens, galley, and floating. Our canteens our like the sour patch kids candy commercials…first they are sour, then they are sweet. We rely on them for water throughout the day and have them with us during nearly every activity that we do. So where is the catch? What can be so bad about a tiny plastic jug? Hahahahah, oh let me tell you! The creative minds of our company commanders here at boot camp dreamed up the brilliant idea of making us hold these seemingly innocent pieces of plastic over our heads, elbows straight and biceps touching ears, for up to twenty minutes at a time. This is all while screaming at the top of our lungs, of course, and has proven to be the main form of punishment for our company. Our company commanders call it incentive training and not a day goes by that Inidia-196 has not found a reason to b inventively trained.

Moving on to the next highlight of our week two journey here at boot camp, you might be wondering to yourself, “geeze, do these guys ever get a break? They have to eat at some point right?” well you would be correct in the fact that we do get time to sit down and eat, but this pleasure is not like eating with your family at Sunday dinner. The galley is also known as the gauntlet and is where we are questioned, confronted, and screamed at the most over any other aspect of our day. Our eyes wide with fear, we can be seen rushing through the galley to our seats, heads low and trays held close, trying to avoid the ever present danger coming all around us that could say the famous words: “STOP YOU!” at any time if you are more of a visual person, picture a beach with nests full of freshly hatched sea turtles, all scrambling to get to the safety of the water before a hungry seagull scoops down and gobbles them up.

Lastly, the highlight of this week was the safety afloat swim course we had. We got to dawn a “Mustang”. The Coast Guard issued cold weather survival gear, and practiced real world survival techniques and positions that we could translate to into real world scenarios, one day while serving for the Coast Guard.

Well, we are out of time here Saturday night at Cape May, and we would like to thank you all for your continued, love and support. We will see you all for next week’s summary. India-196 semper tired, semper hungry, but most of all, semper paratus!



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.