Charlie 193 Recruit Journal Week 04

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Charlie 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: June 21, 2016

Graduates: August 12, 2016

When we started week 04, we weren’t too eager. We’d heard nightmarish tales about it being the worst week in recruit training, and on top of that we all were still sick. So the process of entering this daunting week wasn’t so appealing to say the least.


For the first part of the week, out company was split into “port” and “starboard” sides with different schedules. While Port side got to sit in Firearms class Monday, Starboard got classes on other subjects then the wrath of Petty Officer Loeffler. Tuesday was a bit lighter with a few classes, a chaplain visit and a relaxed conversation with Chief Samuels about picking out assignments and careers.


Wednesday, Port side almost escaped the wrath of Petty Loeffler again, but the range was cancelled and we were all together as a company. This night was the worst night of the week by far! For about three hours straight, with roughly a three minute break every so often, we sweat.


We sweat through piece “IT”, we sweat through “Charlie Position” which is holding canteens over our head, we sweat through repeated “fire fire fire” rounds, and then we sweat through the “seabag game”. With this new game we packed everyone onto the quarterdeck and passed sea bags as we counted to 1000 then to 2000! The floor was soaked, the windows dripping. We learned our lesson that day…as well as learned that we really, really don’t like passing sea bags full of everyone’s belongings for hours on end. Thanks to that day though because we started to get our “stuff” together pretty quick.


Thursday was the big day….Everyone sat nervously waiting to write down a few words that could possibly determine the next several years of our lives. Anywhere from Hawaii to Alaska to Guam to right here in Cape May, we poured our dreams onto paper. Now all we can do is wait for that day when we find out where we are going.


Friday we took our midterm which determined whether we carried on with Charlie or spend an extra week with “Dirty Delta”. But thankfully, we didn’t lose any “Charming Charlies”. We have however gained some shipmates from Bravo Company who is one week senior to us; those recruits need a little extra time to hone their skills. There are a few growing pains when they transfer companies but they are slowly learning Charlie Company’s ways.


All in all, the week came and went. We learned that no week is worse than the last, because we determine the difficulty.


The motto for Charlie is “The days are long, but the weeks are short”. Looking back to week one, through the blur of training, we are finally starting to feel like we can make it to the light at the end of the tunnel.

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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