Charlie 193 Recruit Journal Week 05

International Maritime Signal Flag Charlie

Charlie 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: June 21, 2016

Graduates: August 12, 2016


We’ve made it through “SAR” week. We lost a few shipmates along the way, we’ve fallen, gotten back up, fallen again…but we keep fighting. It was a long week. Early mornings, lots of rushing, classes here and there. But looking back on it, it’s almost a blur. We started learning the basics of firefighting, to prepare us for the more hands-on stuff this coming week. We got information on how to travel to our first unit, which we also got to find out this week! Some shipmates were bummed at first if they didn’t get what they wanted, but it was fun to watch as everyone opened their minds to it a little more. We also got to spend a good chunk of the day today with our mentors, as well as some other members of their unit who had a lot of useful experience and information. It was incredibly helpful. Some of the members, such as LT Funkhouser and Master Chief Wendell, have so many years of experience and have been stationed in many of the places the members or Charlie got orders to. All of us had so many questions, and our mentors were so patient with us and answered all of them with every bit of knowledge they had. It brought many of us peace of mind, and we can’t thank them enough. We’ve had to check ourselves on a lot of things this week here at Charlie. Shipmates have had a few rough days because of mistakes that could have been avoided such as messy hair, not shaving, or not cleaning the squad bays properly. But throughout the week, I think we’ve really made an improvement. Every day we work together better than the last. We have a lot to be working for. On top of the obvious (passing the final and graduating) we’re striving to be better every day so that we can do things like earn the right to carry the official Charlie flag, instead of the white one that just says “C”. It will be a proud moment when we earn that privilege of course, we’re working towards slightly less important privileges too…like coffee! Charlie has been waiting so long for coffee, in the hopes that it will help us make up for out lack of sleep. We still haven’t earned that heaven in a cup, but I think we’ll get there soon (hopefully!!!). Eventually, maybe the company will even earn desserts…I’ve seen more than a few shipmates eyeing the brownies longingly. But that’s quite a ways away for sure. As we enter week six, I hope we will continue to improve. I see so much potential in all of us, and I really believe that by the time we graduate, Charlie will be the fastest, loudest, strongest company the regiment has seen in a long time.


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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