Charlie 192 Recruit Journal Week 05


Charlie 192 Recruit Journal

Formed: October 20, 2015

Graduates: December 11, 2015


Search and rescue week has officially come an end, now week 06 begins. Just a little over two weeks to go, we are eager to set off to our new journey as the Coast Guard’s newest non-rated personnel, yet this week has proven that we are still not quite prepared to get to the “fleet” yet. We awoke Monday morning to the siren song of the megaphone and our company commander’s voice telling us to move faster. Fifteen minutes to prep, that is brushing our teeth, for the males to shave their faces smooth as a baby’s behind and for the females to put their “gelmets” on and to have our operational dress uniforms spotless, however they were not. Just like we failed to keep the fuzz off our uniforms we failed to meet the time objectives. It was at that moment that the company knew they had a long week ahead of them.

0800, we had our first operational dress uniform inspection. We formed up, opened ranks and waited as our Section Commander Chief Arseneaux slowly made his way down the lines. Our legs were shaking, hearts racing and our minds moving at 1000 mph we struggled to get the words out of our mouths as fast as we were thinking them. What seemed like hours standing toe to toe with the Section Commander spewing out questions faster than we could answer them, after the red probation belts were passed out and reversions issued, it was over. We knew now that required knowledge was our focus and we were to be locked on from here on out.


Not only did the inspection bring us incentive, the highly anticipated moment of truth regarding our next duty station pushed us to do our best. We counted down the days until Friday, then the hours, but one single obstacle stood in our way. Another inspection but this time it wasn’t our uniform, it was our racks. Not only was it our Section Commander but all the other Section Commanders here at Training Center Cape May! The attention was brutal. Charlie-192 will never forget the introduction to Chief Duncan as well. Without hesitation he demanded we be punished for the lack of cleanliness in the squad bays. Let’s just say there will NOT be a speck of dust left in our squad bays ever again and our racks will always be squared away! When it came to the inspection we witnessed our close shipmates and friends being sent away on the spot for what others would consider minor mistakes. No more just sending them to ramp or putting them on probation. They were ordered to pack their things and go. Charlie-192 went from 126 attached to 112 in a heartbeat and it wasn’t over.


Those who survived the “Chief Sweep” were ordered to move across the regiment to Healy Hall, where the senior companies reside. Our excitement was through the roof. A new beginning is what we felt, but a stressful few weeks are still ahead of us. Once we settled in, it was finally time for us to find out our next duty station! We were formed up in front of the regimental flag pole where all five of our company commanders stood. They would call our name, we would fall out of the formation and stand in front of the company commanders and they would tell us where we are going. Sounds easy enough, but with the excitement came our loss of coordination and we all clumsily goofed it up. But alongside the goofiness of it all, joy filled each and every one of us as we announced to the company our orders.

Last but certainly not the least we overcame the confidence course. As we climbed the hurdles and flipped over obstacles we cheered our shipmates on as they overcame the fears and self doubt they had about accomplishing that certain obstacle. Even our company commanders and our mentor, Master Chief Vanderhaden encouraged us as we made our way through the course. The challenges left bruises and aches in our muscles, but that is only temporary, the pride it instilled in us will stay with us forever. To hear our shipmates cheer as loud as they could for our success was a reward in itself. We couldn’t think of any better way to end this week.


From now on we must remember why we are here, and who we are. Charlie-192 will progress and conquer recruit training, and show the regiment who Charlie-192 is…Ten feet tall and bullet proof.



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.