Charlie 192 Recruit Journal Week 06


Charlie 192 Recruit Journal

Formed: October 20, 2015

Graduates: December 11, 2015


What a week for Charlie-192 and an amazing one at that. It’s as if several weeks of basic were merged within one as our schedule was filled from reveille to taps nearly each day. Fire class was our first objective among the numerous and variety of activities that were on our to-do list. A couple of hours of somewhat of a briefing as far as the fire types go and extinguishers were all we had to sit through until we got to test our knowledge out ourselves the next day. The excitement was real as we dressed ourselves with the equipment and sprayed that hose in a simulated fire. All went smoothly aside from showering our instructors and a couple of us falling to our backs like little turtles due to the heavy air apparatus placed on our backs. The practical was a breeze and we all passed with flying colors.

Moving along in our journey within the Coast Guard was another plan of execution as we received our military identification cards, discussed travel and report dates with our Yeoman, and contacted our units. Although some of us were sad to hear we’d be gone for Christmas, it’s impossible not to feel joyous over the adventure that we will face, regardless of when and where. Like our company commanders say, “There is no such thing as a bad unit in the Coast Guard.”

Personal goals, leadership, and legacy were the three most noteworthy classes of the week. As we think about our future we automatically just assume we will get there but personal goals class puts it in perspective and reminds us we may have a few stops before we proceed as well as multiple steps. As far as leadership goes it emphasizes the fact that we must be confident and bold. We may be followers in one way or another but at this point we must learn to take the reins and steer. Now, legacy is by far one of the most important. We were given the opportunity to remember those who made a difference as coast guardsman and it taught us that even ordinary people like us can be extraordinary, we can make a difference.

Come Thursday we had an excellent day ahead of us. Thanksgiving was a great day as families around the area took us under their wing and provided us with fantastic food and resources to contact our families. Even though we were somber returning to the regiment we felt at ease knowing we spoke with our well-missed families and were given the chance to sit back and relax. We then set our sights to Saturday.

Saturday, this is yet another day in basic training we will never forget. Before we initiated liberty, what started as a typical morning switched gears quickly as we rushed out of morning chow and marched on to our next destination, as we walked past Healy Hall, past the track, curiosity consumed our thoughts, “Where were we headed?,” was what we wanted to ask. A few minutes longer we marched, suddenly we heard waves, a little longer we stood upon sand, among a beach entry. We were then lead out; facing scenery most could only imagine. As the sun rose we watched as the waves of the ocean crashed on to the smooth shore. “This will be your office.” I remember Senior Chief Pace mentioning. The waters of the ocean will be where we will serve, yet another thing to motivate us to make it through. “Today Charlie became a family,” Senior Chief Pace said. We listened intently as our Lead Company Commander spoke, emphasizing the importance of dedication and devotion and the fact that we will take care of each other. Soon enough we were ordered to about face, what we saw ahead of us was breathtaking and at that moment we all wanted to grin so big. There they were our colors. “Do you see something you want?” Senior chief Pace asked. And without hesitation we screamed “Yes.””Well go get it” he responded, and we were off. As soon as we grabbed that Guidon we roared with pride, this is what we represent, this is Charlie-192. We’ve made it too far to look back, we will move forward and in just two weeks we will carry on our legacy that is the United States Coast Guard. Forever strong, forever for each other, forever Charlie-192.

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.