Charlie 191 Recruit Journal Week 02



Charlie 191 Recruit Journal

Formed: March 31, 2015

Graduates: May 22, 2015


Week 02 felt like it would never end. Not even the videos we watch prior to arrival at bootcamp could prepare us for what CHARLEI-191 was to experience once bootcamp started. Week 02 was a week filled with sweat dripping, tears shed, our minds drained, and muscles sore. The transition from a civilian to a Coast Guardsman was beginning to take place. Coast Guard recruit training is no joke, serious business; and CHARLIE-191’s Lead Company Commander Petty Officer McCall, and his assistant Company Commanders Chief Grube and Petty Officer Dupre made sure CHARLIE-191 understood this concept very well. There was zero room for error, no mistakes, no lack of self discipline, and no lack of military bearing. You must have Honor, Respect, and Devotion to Duty and our Company Commanders will ensure we pay for any mistakes we make. CHARLIE-191 would have dreams of what happened the day before. Time objectives given to CHARLEI-191 to complete certain tasks were unbelievably short, yet to our Company Commanders it was an insane amount of time. One of those tasks is to have an entire squadbay shower and get dressed out in 15 minutes. The countless information being shoved into our heads, this was not a time to have memory lapses. If you did you can bet the Company Commanders would chew you up and spit you out. CHARLIE-191 has lost track of how many times we have had to “PUSH THE EARTH”, read at the top of our lungs, or hold a canteen filled with water out in front of us. The seconds feel like minutes, minutes like hours, days like months. Somehow CHARLIE-191 made it to the end of week 02. CHARLIE-191 is ready to take on whatever comes next. Some of us are, trying to make someone proud, some to do something with our lives, some to serve our country, get a career, whatever the reason is, that reason is activated every time we feel pain in our bodies. Those reasons are there to remind us why we are here, to become U.S. Coast Guardsman!



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.