India 198 Recruit Journal Week 07

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

Greetings friends and family of India-198. This last week of training focused on our mindset; flipping the switch from Recruit to Coasties. Starting with our Battalion Commander, Master Chief Lawrence, we began a series of debriefs with our Chain of Command. These debriefs gave us the opportunity to ask questions about recruit training, the fleet, and themselves. Our time in the classroom is more practical than ever. India Company got certified in CPR and learned how to moor and unmoor a ship on a Cutter mockup. We also had our Final Exam and Seamanship Test. We were only .9% off from earning the Seamanship Pennant, and we missed the pennant for the Final when six shipmates failed the first time around. Despite missing the opportunity to add to our colors, the week has been a success. All six shipmates passed on the retest the next day.

Out on the Parade Field freezing conditions our Section Commander, Chief Krusko, evaluated us on our proficiency in Manual of Arms and Close Order Drill. Having impressed Chief Krusko, Petty Officer Stephens allowed us to turn in our pieces a day early. After passing the test. We grabbed our U.S. Coast Guard ball caps (The ones we will wear out in the Fleet) and ran out to the Flagpole. Through the sweat and screams of one last IT session (we hope), Petty Officer Stephens slowly hoisted the Black and Gold of the India Pennant over the Regiment.

On Saturday we were able to enjoy the fruits of our labor with 11 hours of Off-Base Liberty. Many of us (traveling in groups as required) rented hotel rooms, others got a beach house. Some went to the movies, others went out to eat. Others chose to stay behind and relax in their rooms and call home.

Throughout this week, both by the Commandant’s Speech and our Company Commanders, we reflect not just on how far we’ve come, but on why we serve. We will see you soon friends and family, we hope that you will be as proud of us when you see us, as we are of ourselves. Thank you for all of your love and support during our time here.

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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