Recruit Journal Charlie 189 Week: 05

Formed: November 12, 2013

Graduates: January 3, 2013




 As week 05 began, training focus has shifted quite a bit. We had several squad bay, rack, and uniform inspections over the course of the week and it is clear that neatness, cleanliness, and order are of high priority. As Chief Gallego advised use “there is a specific place for everything and everything must be in its place.” We are no longer just trainees, and instead are becoming “professional recruits.”


 We, as a senior company, are expected to set an example for the other companies and failure to do so will mean reversion. This prospect has many Charlie recruits worried. In addition to these inspections we have taken more responsibility for ourselves and have begun to march to classes and meals without the guidance of our company commanders. Classroom instruction has also become more practical rather than administrative, as Charlie has taken courses on radio procedures, boat crew procedures, personal floatation devices, and emergency signaling equipment. Our company workouts are becoming more intense as well. Due to inclement weather we have been doing a lot of bike workouts, often spending nearly an hour doing intense interval workouts. Because of these workouts and nightly watch standing duties and the regular stresses of training, everyone in Charlie is tired!


                 Despite being tired, we are also excited. Wednesday we received official orders to our first operational units. Although we are still a way off from graduation, everyone was excited to know where we would end up. Most of Charlie received orders to cutters, and we are spread out along the east and west coasts as well as Alaska and Hawaii. Chief Gallego advised us that, although we have orders, we cannot become complacent.  He assured us that if we “continue to focus on the small things here in training; the big things will fall into place.”


                 On Saturday, we met with our company mentor, Lieutenant Farr and several of the junior enlisted personnel who work under him. We were able to relax and ask questions about our new orders and life in the fleet as a non-rate. In addition, Mr. Farr and his crew gave us some tips for success as a new hire in the Coast Guard. He recommended that we should both “be humble” and “always strive to set an example”.  Charlie will need to take this advice to heart in order to complete week 06. Although we have progressed well so far, we will need to work just as hard as ever to be squared away at all times. The smallest of details will matter in the fleet and we must learn now in training to always pay attention to our uniforms and gear and strive to be an example.

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.