India 196 Recruit Journal Week 04

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India 196 Recruit Journal

Formed: Jul 10, 2018

Graduates: Aug 31, 2018




Sunday, July 29th…BLINK….suddenly it’s Saturday, August 4th, and week 04 has come to a close! That is how quickly it feels like the weeks are flying by. It’s like we are in a time warp, but instead of traveling to some incredible world full of fun futuristic gadgets, we are stuck in a continuous loop of routine, sweat, and screaming! Nothing could have prepared us for this week and here are some of the main highlights we had:

Starting on a high note we had our first firefighting practical this week! It was awesome! We all want to be firemen and firewomen now and for a day got to experience what it’s like to step into a firefighters boots and fight a fire. Fun fact: it’s hot! We donned full firefighting gear, including jacket, boots, air pack, full mask and helmet. Simulate a real fire emergency, we were given 05 minutes to change into all of this gear and then flung into a room completely filled with smoke. It was utter and complete chaos. With the mask on, oxygen flowing, and smoke as thick as a golden doodles fluffy coat, we could not see more than a couple inches in front of ourselves. Under these conditions we had to works in teams to find, operate, and manage a fully functioning fire hose to extinguish the “fire” (no, there was no real fire, but the characteristics of one were as real as can be). After the sirens stopped and the smoke cleared, we looked like we had just jumped into a pool! If you had happened to meet us just after this, one could think we spent the last 20 minutes spraying each other with the hoses instead of the Fire! Knowing us “Rock Munchers” as one of our company commanders likes to call us, I wouldn’t be too surprised.

Now that we have firefighting under our belt, we seemed to have decided to take it upon ourselves to extinguish any and all hopes for escaping the rest of the week without being reprimanded. Ugh, if only! Week 04 brought with it a tall order of challenges that tested our company at every turn. One of the bigger events of the week was our participation in the changing of command for the Force Readiness Commander. This was a huge event that brought with it a lot of high ranking individuals. Now, normally we are already petrified of walking around the regiment here at cape may, but add in a couple of admirals and captains, and the chills of running into a company commander on base are replaced with shivers of fear! The ceremony itself was very cool, and it was a proud moment for our company to be a part of such an important occasion.

I’d like to end this week’s summary with an exciting announcement! On Thursday of this past week, we submitted our “Dream sheets” regarding what location and job we want in the Coast Guard! The Atlantic coast was a popular choice amongst our group, but the allure of Alaska and Hawaii found its way into some of our top four choices as well! It’s tough to pick a “wrong” location with the Coast Guard, because chances are pretty high that you are going to wake up on waterfront every morning! We will receive our results and our corresponding assignments late next week.


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.