India 197 Recruit Journal Week 05

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India 197 Recruit Journal

Formed: Apr 02, 2019

Graduates: May 24, 2019


It’s official! India-197 has official made it over the hurdle of recruit training. We’ve made it through week 05. A lot has changed in this one week. It’s safe to say that India-197 is a legit company we finally gotten the hang of working as a company. We’ve improved tremendously in meeting time objectives, sounding off and coming together as one to complete tasks. There’s no more individuals in this company; we are one! Also this week we received our orders/assignments. For those who don’t know about what I’m talking about… These are the places where we will be stationed. From the looks of it everyone go what they wished for. It was a good feeling to see everyone’s reaction when they found out where they were going. Getting these orders motivated our company to the max. Getting our orders gave us a sense of clarity. In addition; our company did what is called the confidence course. It’s a simply an obstacle course at the training center. This course allowed us to open up a little, and cheer our shipmates on as they went through the course. Some would fall and some would hesitate. But with the motivation of their shipmates cheering them on; everyone managed to make it through; After leaving the confidence course I began to think; why is it called a confidence course, it is involves a bunch of jumping , climbing and running? Simply because being part of a unit, such as the Coast Guard, there’s going to be times when you may struggle with something, and may not have that inner confidence to push through. With the encouragement of a shipmate, friend, or simply just a co-worker. There’s no better feeling than knowing you have a support system at times when the going gets rough. With all that being said, we’ve learned to cheer each other on, and push through to the finish line. Oh, how could I forget? We got a chance to make a phone call home to our loved ones and update them on the good news we received about our orders. That was totally an eye opener for everyone. Being able to hear a voice aside from a company commander was a good feeling. I saw a few tears from fellow shipmates but these weren’t tears of sadness; they were tears of joy, motivation, and comfort. Knowing that we all have family cheering for us to succeed gives us all motivation to complete the mission with confidence.

As a conclusion, this was a great wee. A week of severe improvement! Coming together was the greatest accomplishment. To put the icing on the cake; India received our flag. This is something that’s earned by being a company and proving that we have what it takes to walk this regiment with pride, dignity and confidence. I’m going to end this with our company motto “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence therefore is not an act but a habit.” Aristotle.

Wilson, A. D.



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.