India 199 Recruit Journal Week 06

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

Smoke, no vision, heavy breathing as if we were standing right next to Darth Vader himself, sweat rushing out of our bodies at at least 80 P.S.I, week 06 in all its painful, fast, hectic glory was the beginning of firefighting training for India Company.

Donning a full firefighting suit and getting a chance to hone our skills in the art of putting out fires, India walked through a literal hurricane to get to Goff hall, where we grabbed our fire extinguishers of choice, then prepared for battle with the simulated flames of the wet room. As well as all of the excitement of firefighting lessons, recruits also started to get the time to reach out and make contact with their first duty stations, hoping to at least gain some idea of what their life will be like after the misadventures of India here at Cape May, whilst also hoping that their new lives will bring some sense of order, compared to the well organized chaos the Company Commanders so artfully orchestrate here.

Whilst filling out our first station reporting guides, India company also took another step forward in the area of military appearance, as we reported once again to Goff hall to take our individual photos in our Bravo Dress uniforms, looking our very best on the outside, but aching more than ever on the inside from the numerous Incentive Training sessions that we have received. After looking good for our photos however, India found out the hard way that not much hair on top of one’s skull is allowed here at Cape May, as it was back to the barbers shop and being bald (and contemplating fully shaving our heads and using polish to give it a mirror finish). Despite losing what little hair we did have, India performed more as a team this week, as this week was Search And Rescue week, and is renowned as being one of the most difficult weeks in training, known well for the early wake ups, the small if not tiny time objectives, and a strict policy on not being late, leaving recruits dazed, but still remembering their goals.

To round things off, India got a chance to raise morale a little, whilst cheering each other on as we completed the confidence course, which proved to us that India is still strong, and some are actually stronger than we ever believed in the past.

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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