India 197 Recruit Journal Week 06

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India 197 Recruit Journal

Formed: Apr 02, 2019

Graduates: May 24, 2019



Hello to all friends, family and fans on India-197. I would like to start off by expressing how amazing it was to finally hear from our loved ones for the first time in the past six weeks. We had the opportunity to earn our on base liberty. This was the first time we actually got to relax and be ourselves since the day we got off the bus and arrived at Training Center Cape May. On base liberty not only gave us a chance to speak to our family; but a chance to talk amongst each other as a company, and really get to know each other. I can’t express how weird it was to hold a phone after not having one in our hands for the past six weeks. Especially being as though, before coming to training, we probably couldn’t go five minutes without having our phones in our hands. Seeing everyone’s expressions on their face when they had the chance to get their phones was as if it was our first time interacting with technology.           Alright, so let’s get started on how this week went for the India-197 company. This week was filled with some ups and downs. This week was for sure a test of our strength. When I say strength, I’m not talking about as an individual. I’m talking about strength as a company. It was all about how we can work together and pick each other up after feeling as though we failed.. At times we would get upset with each other, and lose focus on the initial task that was set forth to be completed. In reality, nobody wants to fail. But it’s not about how bad you fail, it’s about how long it takes you to recover from that failure. At times we would forget to take out the trash, make our racks, pay close attention to the maintenance of our uniform, and simply just not look out for each other. A huge aspect in recruit training, is about learning how to not be an individual and learn how to look after those around you. “If one fails we all fail”. Careless mistakes in such a career can make a huge impact on people’s lives. Therefore every day, hour, minute and second we are here; we are drilled on paying attention to detail and looking each other over. After a while we eventually got together as a company and came to the realization that we need to buckle down and start acting like a senior company. For those who don’t know what I mean by a senior company. I mean a company who’s about to graduate, and should be setting an example for the up and coming forming companies that are behind us. With that being said, we got ourselves back on track and began to work as the company we spent six weeks outing in work to be.                                                                                                                                     As a result in the India-197 company working together; we earned our colors. This is a big step in recruit training. This shows the whole regiment that we are not just a senior company; but a senior company that met the criteria to have the honor of holding our colors as we march confidently throughout the training center. From here on out, India-197 has no choice but to carry ourselves with pride and show our company commanders that their hard work over these past six weeks has paid off. Since we’ve gotten our colors, we have been really taking the imitative to really work together and look out for each other as a senior company. I think at the beginning of the week we needed to fall, so we know exactly where we stand. Only thirteen more days; and India-197 will be proudly be marching across that field as our family, friends, and company commanders get too see the person that we have become in the time that we’ve been here. But until that happens we will continue to work hard and improve day by day.

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.