Charlie 192 Recruit Journal Week 02



Charlie 192 Recruit Journal

Formed: October 20, 2015

Graduates: December 11, 2015




We did not know what we were getting ourselves into, but we can see some light at the end of the tunnel. Our have our sights set on what is to come, but our CC’s strongly enlightened us on where we currently stand. The light at the end can only be achieved by seeing the stepping-stones laid before our feet. Devotion to duty is not easily taught, but is something we must all understand and value.


With each and every failure this second week we have inched ourselves closer to a new beginning. We are trying to learn from our mistakes but have fallen short. We received our pieces this week and it has been a serious wakeup call! “UP DOWN IN OUT POSITION TAKE” our Company Commanders yell. It is a phrase we all have gotten to know all too well. We spend the majority of our time learning how to make the piece become part of us repeatedly until muscle-memory has consumed us. However, with every improvement comes more responsibility. The failures are more frequent with every waking moment and the price we pay is misery or should I say “IT”. Every punishment has its justice and the company gets its fair share. The positive aspect is every time we lose, we grow as a team.


Incentive training is part of our daily lives and the words that stain our minds are “Find some real-estate” so we can push the earth. Lack of teamwork leads to failure after failure but it makes us stronger and better. “Get smart or get strong” is a phrase used by the Company Commanders so much that we get sick of hearing it. The incentive training was not a punishment but a lesson in motivation. It is only given if the company could not properly complete its mission. If Charlie could not get outside within the set time objective, how could we possibly meet the demands of saving those in peril during a search and rescue operation? Punishments solved problems Charlie needed to fix and as a result, Charlie-192 improved in speed and intelligence.


We met our Company mentor this week Master Chief Vanderhaden and it was exciting and a needed break from the chaos. It was nice spending time in the classroom; receiving guidance and motivation that we all need to get the most out of our Coast Guard careers once we graduate. It was very refreshing for many to get the clarity of direction for our futures in the Coast Guard. We got motivation, which re-kindled the fire for us to succeed. Many thanks to our mentor.


Some good news!! We are not the lowest on the totem pole anymore; the new recruits in DELTA & ECHO are starting their time. Chow time everyday is a moment for us to sit and eat our food, then its right back to it as we move fast to dump our trays but we are quickly we get peppered like a 12 gauge shotgun with required knowledge from our Company Commanders. It seems that every other person fails and we as a company ultimately pay the price for not being prepared. Pushups, squats, crunches, and flutter kicks are the words all of us HATE to hear. Repetitive movements train us to respond and react. The slower we move, the more we are punished. Sense of urgency, move with purpose and like you are on fire are heard loud and clear.


Every day Charlie-192 presses forward. When mentally beat and physically fatigued we get up, using the excitement of what our future as a company holds as well as individually. The knowledge we will learn, the confidence we will gain, and the pride we will take is what we look forward to at the end of this crazy train we are all riding. However, for now, what lies ahead is all but clear to see; into the dark night known as recruit training, we will march with our heads held high for we know we will come out stronger.


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.