Charlie 193 Recruit Journal Week 06

International Maritime Signal Flag Charlie

Charlie 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: June 21, 2016

Graduates: August 12, 2016

 

Week 06 Summary   30 Jul 2016

 

Week 06…What a week. James Hall is officially ours, as Alpha graduated this week. We started out the week busy, and it hasn’t slowed down. From Firefighting to Firearms, to calling our first units, we’re knocking out our senior weeks one day at a time.

To start the week off, we had the privilege to try on the firefighter hat, literally. We strapped into suits and masks, which felt pretty suffocating. But it was pretty intense feeling our way through a dark smoky room, holding onto our shipmates for dear life. The lesson required teamwork at its finest, as we took turns being the nozzleman, and relying on the next shipmate to relieve us.

After weeks of training with inert rounds at the armory, we finally got to test out our mad skills at the range. Shooting a live round is definitely different than the dummy round practice we’ve been doing. But the company really proved itself throughout the series of live fire drills, which lead to us earning the black marksmanship pennant, which complements our newly earned Charlie colors pretty well if I do say so myself. The obvious highlight of the week was finding our Charlie colors in the sand after Chief Samuels explained the power of the ocean. With the new colors in hand we marched back singing cadence, which was seriously cool. Everyone put soul into it.

Charlie really came together this week and proved that we can stay locked on. For the most part, Petty Officer Loeffler left us to ourselves to be adults, which honestly kind of confused us; he didn’t speak to us much, rather he sat in his office drinking from his mug of recruit sweat. Petty Officer Taylor preferred to keep to himself as well, leaving early as he favors cornhole over us recruits. Chief Samuels has been around a lot, cracking jokes at our expense. It’s hard not to laugh sometimes. I think they may even do it on purpose, to trip us up, but I think we’ve improved at stifling the giggles.

At the weeks end we were rewarded with on-base liberty, a much needed escape from the stress of training and an opportunity to speak to our loved ones. And of course, catch up on Facebook and Instagram, since the world has been going on without us for 06 weeks. Finding out that everything is still the same in the outside world, we wrapped up week 06 locked on and ready to start off week 07 strong.

 

 

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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