India 198 Recruit Journal Week 04

Formed: January 07, 2020
Graduates: February 28, 2020

International Maritime Signal Flag

Despite being told we weren’t ready for it all throughout the previous week, most of India Company has made it through week four. It has been a week of tests. Close order drill on the regiment so we may be able to march ourselves to class. These are becoming more and more practical. We took the practical for both Fire extinguisher use and the change -in ship- board firefighting simulator. And of Course the midterm. The source of most of our worries, and the occasional break from the still never ending sweat sessions. Only to be almost all for nothing, as it was 50% open book. Those in our early morning remedial swim and fitness enhancement classes, they tested and fought to stay in this company. However, the most significant point of this week has been the filling out our assignment preference sheets, a.k.a “DREAM SHEETS”. This has been a week of a few victories and a lot of pain in INDIA -198.

 Petty Officer Stephens, our Lead Company Commander states, we are starting to get “loud and fast.” We gained our precious evening routine this week. For every Manual of Arms practice session it appears we also report to the quarterdeck for “crisscross apple sauce, LONG RANGE!” for every “MISSION COMPLETE!” follows “MISSION FAILED!” Sweat sessions never end. The dreaded words “FIRE! FIRE! FIRE!”

The items in our Seabags will still be inspection ready if we are to pass sea bags for an hour. Either we are locked and loaded and on our best behavior, or not loud, not fast, and just saying things. Yet, despite our losses, most of us have made it. The start of SAR week with the promise of rapid morning routine and high stakes inspections, combined with the next round of probation and ramp starting. Juliet and Kilo companies struggling through the early weeks of training it seems we were just at. Reminding all of us not only of what’s at stake but just how far we’ve made it. We are half way there India 198.

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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