India 198 Recruit Journal Week 06

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

Good morning, Friends and Family of India – 198.  

Returning from On-Base Liberty tonight, on the verge of Week 07, it seems the last week has gone by in a blur. While graduation and shipping out approach at a tedious rate, there remains much to be done in a short amount of time. We began the week with the final fitting of our dress uniforms. In the Gym we earned another pennant for our Guideon when 100% of the company passed the final Physical Fitness Test. In the classroom all throughout the week we worked on Travel Arrangements. We also learned about some of the moving entitlements we have.

Off the Regiment, at Goff Hall, we drilled with the Coast Guards Personal Defense Weapon (the Sig Sauer P229 DAK). The Gunner’s Mates taught us how to draw, load, and reload our pistols. As well as several Immediate Action drills to clear malfunctions. Port Side was fortunate enough to go off base to get some trigger time in. They were bussed up to Atlantic City to shoot at a Federal Air Marshall range. Starboard side was stuck waiting for a bus that for whatever reason never came.

Friday, India Company had a bit of a behind the scenes look when we assisted the instructors for the Company Commander School. While we played the part of a fresh recruit company, they were evaluated on how they interacted with us. Specifically, they were trained on how to spot the minor details (i.e. loose threads, laundry hooks not pushed in, sandbagging, buttons not buttoned, etc.). At the end, the switch was flipped back on and we gave them feedback. Evidently we did a good job. After chow, Petty Officer Warren called cadence for us back to the house.

After a rough start in the morning concerning an incident on watch Friday night. We left the Regiment to tour several operational units at Cape May. Those of us going to Cutters toured the 87′ USCGC Hammerhead and the 154′ USCGC Angela McShan. Those of us going to shore based units toured the local Small Boat Station. These tours answered many of our questions as well as provided a glimpse of what’s to come.

Back at the house, we received a brief from Petty Officer Stephens on the rules for Liberty. We then had 06 hours off the Regiment. We made Exchange runs to fill up on candy and junk food. Then went to the Harbor View ( All hands Club). Finally we were able to relax for a few hours, call family and friends back home, and just be ourselves for a few hours before taps. Taps marked the end of our Liberty and the end of Week 06. -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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