India 196 Recruit Journal Week 05

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India 196 Recruit Journal

Formed: Jul 10, 2018

Graduates: Aug 31, 2018


INDIA 196 WK 05 Summary

“Rock me……. Rock me……. Rock me……. Rock Steady!! Roll me….. Roll me…… Roll me….. I’m ready!!!” No I haven’t completely lost my mind (Though at times we definitely feel as if we have!); this is the sound of INDIA company’s proud voices echoing across Training Center Cape May as we practiced our first cadence run! For a brief 2 mile jog, the base had the rare opportunity to stop and listen to the melodic sound of our voices, in sync and louder than ever.

This week was huge! It’s the end of week 5! Week 5!! I know each week it seems like such a shocker that it has ended, but to us, it is a moment of encouragement, hope, and confidence that further stokes the fire driving each and every one of us to reach week 8!! Every week feels like an uphill battle (like trying to drag a semi-truck with a barbed wire line type of battle), and yet, here we are entertaining week 6 with the will and passion to not only survive until graduation, but to show improvement, make our company commanders proud, and most of all, EARN our spots as members of the United States Coast Guard!

That being said, this week was extremely stressful! We had our first Battalion Commander Inspection on Monday where we were all put under a microscope and inspected for any loose threads, poor uniform maintenance, and testes on required knowledge. Picture the show Project Runway, but instead of the judges saying “I Likeee it buttttt….. I don’t love it.” Possible comments for us included “thread on trouser seam….. Go pack your stuff and join Juliet Company!” Ahhhh! Just writing about it raises your blood pressure! However, despite possibly the single most terrifying moment in our training thus far, we not only survived as a company, but received our first compliment….. Ever! The Battalion Commander after the inspection told the company that we had some of the best uniforms and boot shine he had seen in several weeks! That’s right, not one! Not even two! Several! Not bad for a company that just a short time ago didn’t know how to put on the uniform.

The inspection marks a major turning point in our training and the rest of our week emphasized this. A whole lot happened but here are the highlights. On Tuesday we spent a large chunk of our day at the tailor where we were fitted for our dress uniforms. This was such an incredible feeling, as it gave us, if only for a moment, a glimpse of our future.

By far the best part of the week occurred Friday afternoon. All week our Company Commanders have been hinting at us that they knew where we were going to be stationed. Well…. That news came on Friday. We were all ushered into the drill hall (the same one where we had our inspection). “You! Where did you want to go?” “I WANTED TO GO ANYWHERE IN FLORIDA!!” “Congratulations! You’re going to Alaska!” Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico and even Guam! The diversity of the locations that we received can only be matched by the diversity of the company itself.

With the receiving of orders comes more responsibility, and even greater opportunities to sweat, and sweat we will. As we march into week 6 with new found encouragement, pride and energy we realize we have a future waiting for us in the Coast Guard. So here’s to the next 3 weeks preparing us mentally, physically and fully for the needs of our assigned stations, Company Commanders and the United States Coast Guard.


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.