India 197 Recruit Journal Week 02

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India 197 Recruit Journal

Formed: Apr 02, 2019

Graduates: May 24, 2019


Graduation Program: Posted Thursday afternoon: Week 7 Blog

Go to:

Under the “Graduation Date” Tab you will be able to find the Graduation Program


To view the Graduation Live: Time: 1100 AM

The live stream of the graduations are viewed by going to the training center’s Facebook page at


*It should be noted that the live streams are a courtesy and not a guarantee. There could be technical issues or resource availability issues that would interfere with the stream. The live streams are not intended to be high definition productions of the graduation ceremonies.


If you are looking for higher quality video products from your loved one’s graduation, you should contact VTS at 609-365-8889



Hello to all INDIA-197 fans. We made it another week and it feels great. We want to thank all friends and family for sending letters, they truly brighten up our days. If you have not received one back it’s not because we don’t want too, but more because we are extremely busy. So bear with us.

It hasn’t been the easiest week but that is to be expected as we still have so much to learn. Many of us are still adjusting to waking up at 0530 in the morning. A lot of sweating has happened this week and there is no one to blame but ourselves. It would be way too easy to say that it’s not us, it’s our Company Commanders, and they are too tough or hard on us. They are just doing their jobs and they do want us to succeed. We make too many careless mistakes and tend to not learn from them. Some of these are small while others are bigger and will take more time.

We did hit a big milestone this week, because we took our swim test. Although some did not pass, most of us did, and for the ones that didn’t. They will be in classes to make sure they will pass very soon. Speaking of classes that is a huge part of our week as we had many classes. They ranged from learning about how to have good dental hygiene to preventing mass shootings and all the way to what some of us could be doing when we graduate. We also were in the gym a lot of this week, building our bodies up. We did core workouts and even did some running. Today was sprints and who doesn’t like to sprint a 100 meters ten times. One thing we have been improving is marching. It’s a good feeling when you can see the difference from the beginning to now. Many of you are asking yourselves “How is marching hard.” Well, let us tell you it is a lot more than just picking up each foot and walking, there is an art to it and when done correctly, it is a sight to see.

Although, the week was long we all are learning more and more every day. Every time we fall, we get right back up and try again. There is no room for sheep in the 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.