India 198 Recruit Journal Week 02

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Good morning, Friends and Family of India – 198.

We have finally completed week 02! A week that we were not ready for. A week not once mentioned in our Helmsman guide, but somehow we’ve made it to the first day of week 03! Waking up most mornings here at Cape May is a daunting task. After only a few hours of sleep that are broken up with a security watches, leg cramps, and the Cape May Crud we can only hope that we are woken up by one of our company Yoeman rather than our Company Commanders. In both cases we are given very short time objective that seems impossible to those of us that still try to cling to whatever last bits of sleep may remain, BUT instead we are almost always woken up by one of our Company Commanders and then it feels like we are ITd until it’s time to go to CHOW.

Even though we have survived countless IT sessions and remedials it still feels like we can’t get anything right. We are never loud enough, nor fast enough, and more often times than not, the response from us to the time objectives given is “MISSION FAILED!” However, amongst all of the pushups, squats, and Piece IT while trying to scream to the top of our lungs and sore throats, Petty Officer Stephens showed us how to polish our boondockers and Manual of Arms. Petty Officer Stephens Broke down each movement, Left shoulder arms, right shoulder arms, port arms, present arms, facing movements, saluting with the piece, dressing movements, responding correctly… It was a struggle just keeping up with him as he gave us the information. Let’s just add this to the pile of required knowledge that we need to work on during our precious head and water breaks and divine hours… if we make it that far.

We went to seamanship class for the first time since being here last week where we learned the features, nomenclature, and the fittings of various size cutters and small boats in the Coast Guard. Now some of the language that our Company Commanders have been bellowing at us since the beginning to start making sense. Everything that we learn brings more questions about the fleet and what life will be like for us when we get there. Our hopes and dreams are now in the form of a motivated company. Motivation, something that we lack during the times that it is most needed. We need to start working as a team.

 On the way back to the house (Our beloved Healy Hall Barracks), Petty Officer Baez allowed several of our shipmates to try to drive the formation. Many hiring and firing and being voluntold on the spot… none of us made it far. We do get some “good sweat” in every now and again at the gym and the swimming class is always a refreshing change of pace for our sore bodies. To bring this to a conclusion, as Petty Officer Stephens has said in the past. “Only you cant Prevent Fire Fire Fire!” Fire fire fire… the dreaded call to evacuate the building and find some real estate before the bad sweat begins. Dear family, wish us luck this coming week for we have learned that boot camp doesn’t get easier… we just have to get better.

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.

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