Charlie 193 Recruit Journal Week 02

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Charlie 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: June 21, 2016

Graduates: August 12, 2016

This first week has been nothing but an eye opening experience. When we first arrived at Cape May, we started at a building named Sexton Hall which little did we know was just the beginning of C-193’s crazy roller coaster. Last Friday the 24th of June we formed as an actual company. We were introduced to our Lead Company Commander Chief Samuels and his assistants Petty Officer Taylor and Petty Officer Loeffler. They were like a pack of vicious pit bulls and the barking began immediately and we were marched straight to our barracks or what the company calls the “Dog Pens”. Saturday the 25th was started by the ear piercing sounds of whistles and our Company Commanders voices screaming “Fire Fire Fire”! We jolted out of the rack and everyone jammed into the stairwell frantically trying to get outside to see what was going on. As we reached outside, I looked around to see my shipmates just as confused and shell shocked as I was. Chief Samuels greeted us in a very loud manner and let us know that our mornings will continue to be hectic and will always begin at 0530 in the morning. Right now our days are long and filled with push-ups and sweat. One minor mistake like not “keeping your eyes in the boat” will cost you and the entire company. We have accepted that nothing is personal and your rucksack (backpack) will probably get emptied at one point with everything inside getting tossed all over the squad bay or quarterdeck. Your rack will be put together a certain way whether you like it or not. Holding a canteen full of water over your head for longer than 10 minutes is normal now, and meeting time objectives is crucial unless you want to run up and down the stairs 20 times while counting down how many seconds you have left at the top of your lungs. It’s pretty safe to say that over half the company has already lost their voice, but that doesn’t stop our CC’s from making you yell. Especially when Petty Officer Loeffler is around! The days have become a blur and you barely have time to think about yourself but what did we expect….WE didn’t sign up for the usual summer camp.

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.


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