Recruit Journal Charlie 189: Week 02

Recruit Journal Charlie 189: Week 02
Formed: November 12, 2013
Graduate: January 03, 2013

International Maritime Signal Flag Charlie

International Maritime Signal Flag Charlie

Charlie 189 formed on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at Coast Guard Training Center Cape May in Cape May, New Jersey. Our first few days as prospective Coast Guardsman were filled with intake processing. We were given medical and dental checkups, fitted for military-issue eyeglasses (portholes), and were introduced to the many, many rules which govern recruits here at Training Center Cape May.
All recruits must follow specific traffic patterns while transiting around the regiment, address officers, company commanders and all personal in certain ways. Recruits must even hold Galley trays correctly when transiting the galley. On our first Friday we began INDOC (Indoctrination) weekend, the official start of training. We met our company commanders, and began training in earnest. Mentally, the training is tough.
Charlie 189 was in the classroom almost every day this week studying topics ranging from the Uniform Code of Military Justice, the Ranks and Ratings (job descriptions) of Coast Guardsmen, to saluting, marching, and the manual of arms.
Physically, Charlie company is also working hard, daily we perform Incentive Training (IT) and have attended weight training, cycling, and core workout sessions at the gym. Fitness will be an important part of our successful contribution to the fleet and conditioning is serious business here.
The chaplain, Father Fronk, paid us a personal visit on Wednesday and provided us with a welcome break from training as well as news headlines, sports scores, and Chuck Norris jokes. We are still adjusting to military life and it is not always easy. We are still having trouble maintaining military bearing and discipline, keeping our racks squared away, and meeting timed objectives. Our Company Commanders have been tough but fair with us and they are only trying to help us make the adjustment to life in the Coast Guard.
On Saturday we me with our company sponsors, Lt. Farr and Chief Fisher. As experienced Coast Guardsmen, they assured us that the many career opportunities available in the Coast Guard would make the hard work worth it. Our lead company commander, Chief Gallego told us that training would be like a roller coaster ride and that we would have to buckle in and hold on tight. So far it has been a very stressful yet exciting ride for Charlie 189. SEMPER PARATUS!

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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