Charlie 193 Recruit Journal Week 07

International Maritime Signal Flag Charlie

Charlie 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: June 21, 2016

Graduates: August 12, 2016

Coast Guard Recruit Company Charlie 193 Graduation Program

We have reached the last weekly summary for charlie-193. Honestly I don’t think any of the shipmates thought it would be possible, but it has come. After the long days and short weeks, hard work, and what seemed like never ending incentiive training sessions, week eight has finally arrived.

Week seven held a lot of challenges for Charlie. We faced three major tests that needed our undivided attention and motivation. Our two academic tests, the seamanship class and practical and the final. The seamanship class was based off our knowledge about the knots we had learned to tie and also the various parts on a ship and firefighting. The company had to pass with an overall score of 80% to receive the seamanship pennant, so being the intelligent company that we, are we surpassed that 80% with a 91% and accepted the well deserved pennant. We also got the same score on our overall final grade as a company and received that pennant as well. The last test was our manual of arms test. We had practiced this test EVERY single day this week by marching around the regiment and getting our piece movements down. When it came time for the test our section commander Chief Williams stood in front of us as we demonstrated for him what we knew and that got us the Section Commander pennant! That made for a total of three pennants Charlie Company was rewarded with in one week which is pretty awesome. Once the manual of arms test was complete we turned in our pieces for good and I’m sure some shipmates were pretty relieved about that. We had our company commander debriefings this week which allowed us to ask question concerning their careers and about the world of coasties. It was pretty strange to speak in normal voice to them without being screamed at but it truly was helpful to hear their knowledge about what they knew and as Chief Samuels would say, it was “vomit inducing”. As far as freedom goes we were suppose to get off base liberty on Saturday, but due to a really bad flu going around the regiment it they didn’t want us walking around town; so it was turned into on base liberty because the fear of the virus spreading like a zombie apocalypse. I don’t believe a lot of the shipmates minded though since we still had the freedom of off base with a few exceptions. The commanding officer, Captain Gibbons opened a few of the building up for us to hangout in for the day and just lounge around. In the morning we played kickball with our company commanders and then went on our merry recruit ways to wherever we were allowed to go. It was very relaxing to just have the time to “chill”. We could nap, snack, talk on the phone, watch movies and live our life for 12 hours the way we wanted to within the rules that were set for us… so nothing too crazy. Once 2100 rolled around we snapped back into recruit training to continue our final days at this fine training center.

It’s not over yet as petty officer Loeffler says, so it’s still our time to stay locked on even though graduation is right around the corner. The light never seemed so bright but now it’s blinding and in just a few days we all will be moving on to our careers in the United States Coast Guard.

 

 

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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