India 198 Recruit Journal Week 03

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Good morning, Friends and Family of India – 198.
Week three has been a week of extreme challenge and transformation for India 198. As petty Officer Stephens put it, he is forging a chain, the pain is the fire and what we are learning the Forge. However, a chain is only as strong as its weakest link. To strengthen these weak links, week three marked The start of probation. That is a tool used to identify those that need more help, and demands we pull together as a team to prevent them from being rephased.
Beginning this transformation was our first series of seamanship. Where so far we have learned our basic knots, as well as helm and look out duties. In short, an introduction to what will be expected of us out in the fleet. Unfortunately we’ve been better in the classroom than with marching ourselves on the regiment, but most tests are open book.
The further along we make it here the more is required of us, for example, every morning before chow we are expected to memorize the plan of the week. Much of that information though changes daily. Information such as the officer of the day, regimental duty officer, Sexton hall watch Stander, and various nautical terms of the day on top of everything else we’ve already learned up to this point, overall, it’s been a very hard week. Both mentally and physically. Whether it’s pushing the earth During fire fire fire or watching golf company pass by singing their cadences. Our bodies are exhausted, short sleep schedules broken by standing watch. These days just drag on but somehow the weeks seem to flyby.
Tomorrow, we step off hopefully in step and aligned to the right. Into the halfway point. Only a few more weeks left until graduation.

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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