Charlie 193 Recruit Journal Week 03

International Maritime Signal Flag Charlie

Charlie 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: June 21, 2016

Graduates: August 12, 2016




We made it through week 3… sore and exhausted but we made it. You could say that the past week has gone by quickly but a lot has happened…it’s like all the days are blending together. Charlie-193 has gained some new members to the crew so it’s been hectic with people getting adjusted and also getting racks together (which are what we call beds). The terminology here in the Coast Guard is so different, for example we call a wall the “bulkhead”, I don’t know why but that’s the term for it. Anyways this week we attended seamanship class. This class is where we learn the different parts of Coast Guard ships and also how to tie knots. It’s pretty interesting because it opens your eyes to what life on a cutter can actually be like. It also took us away from our company commanders for a few hours, so the company wasn’t getting yelled at much or having to hold things over our heads. It was a nice breather. Another really cool thing about the class is that is right by the ocean. So every time we walked there we were able to see beautiful sail boats and catch that ocean breeze. I think it reminded the company that there is still a world outside this crazy training center. It’s only been a short amount of time that we have been here but it’s consumed so much of us. Charlie is getting better as a team and we are realizing how important it is to watch out for each other. We have had our racks ripped apart twice this week for not watching out for each other. The worst part is that we had to do it ourselves. If someone in OCD in Charlie company all I can imagine is them slowly dying inside. There’s absolutely no time to keep all your things together especially when your rucksack “backpack” is constantly being torn apart. The biggest thing I think Charlie- 193 has learned this week is paying attention to detail. Detail has been the obstacle this week such as keeping our locks on zero, or our shoes being tied together. It’s the little things we need to focus on but we made it to week 4. We’re half way through this experience which means we’re that much closer to graduating as Coast Guard men and women.

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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