India 199 Recruit Journal Week 05

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Formed: September 22, 2020
Graduates:  November 13, 2020

This week was a week of many changes and surprises for INDIA Company. Starting out the week with classes on family benefits in the Coast Guard, this week to an instant theme of looking forward to the future. Another first for INDIA this week was seamanship classes, giving the company a taste of hands-on aspect of the Coast Guard. Something that played heavily on our minds this week, what our future careers might hold.

Other new and exciting adventures and endeavors undertaken by INDIA this week were lessons such as a survival float, where we wore mustang suits and floated in the pool. Bringing smiles to many faces in a moment of somewhat unspoken joy brought on by simply floating around a pool with friends (who we call shipmates, of course).

The next big leap for INDIA was one large surprise. After a successful day, the company was afforded some time to walk around and observe the United States Coast Guard Enlisted Memorial, a somber, enlightening experience that payed homage to fallen Coast Guards men and women from all over the globe. Now it was INDIA’s turn to make their mark on that globe, and live up to the extreme standards of the United States Coast Guard.

After our brief visit to the Coast Guard Enlisted Memorial, we received our orders. Sounding off in our loudest, proudest voices, we heard then proclaimed our order locations for the very first time. Causing for much uncontrolled emotion, some joyous, some a little confused. For myself, it was enough to make me cry with joy. Of course, however, we were quickly reminded that we are indeed in basic training, and were given a rough incentive training session, but nonetheless nothing could take the emotion felt in that moment.

Moving through the final stretch of the week, we participated in classes based upon our stations and travel to get us there. If I don’t say so myself, there is a sense of happiness like no other seen between shipmates as they discover they share the same duty location or even the same cutter. Rounding off the week in a sense of new hope and optimism, INDIA takes not just a step, but a leap forward to the beginning of our careers. Leading to secret whispers and smiles in squad bays as we discuss our stations, looking forward to our future in the Coast Guard. Wondering what the next week might bring on the roller coaster adventure of recruit training here at Cape May.

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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