Charlie 194 Recruit Journal Week 02

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Charlie 194 Recruit Journal

Formed: February 7, 2017

Graduates: March 31, 2017


Charlie-194 Week 02 Summary


As week 02 comes to an end, the pain and sweat has just begun. Despite never being quite loud enough, we scream until we see stars. Whenever one shipmate screws up, we all screw up, so we all must pay for it. Slowly but steadily C-194 is pulling itself up by the boot straps and forging through the fire. Where we will beaten by the anvils known as Company Commanders, and once we have been formed, trained, and shaped into basically trained Coastguardsmen and women, we will emerge from the flames better, stronger, and faster versions of ourselves. (for anyone reading this that is thinking about joining the Coast Guard PLEASE mentally and physically prepare yourself for the journey because this is no joke!)


Early this week, C-194 received pieces (a non working M-16) to practice manual of arms. Although we have mostly exercised with them and held “sniper” positions I am confident that we will become proficient with them soon. The Company Commanders have different tactics in order to break us down, and build us back up. Often times we will form up in order to march somewhere, but Chief Samuels will simply tell us to walk wherever we are going “High School Style”. This is a huge slap in the face to C-194 because it makes us look and feel like immature, unprofessional recruits. But I honestly think this is a test. The CC’s want to see if this will discourage or make us give up. WHICH WE WILL NOT!


Saturday was the first beautiful day in Cape May, since C-194 formed. Chief Samuels took the company outside for a little run on the track and it was like being set free for most of the recruits. With the sun warming our souls, C-194 was more than grateful to not be holding stuff over our heads.


As of right now, C-194 has been ravaged by the sickness known as the “Cape May Crud”. Between this and the 04 shipmates in my squad bay snoring like horses, sleep is hard to come by. This makes classroom work and physical training even more difficult.


Chief Heinze and Petty Officer Catlin have really been emphasizing speed. They have us do boondocker (boots) drills and only give us 90 seconds to put on black socks, boondockers and blousing straps. The Company Commanders explained that every minute counts during a search and rescue case. And that minute could mean life or death. Which is why we move fast wherever we go.


C-194 is still coming together and learning what it means to be a team. But we will conquer whatever challenges are presented to us. This may require a few of the unmotivated recruits to be involuntarily “drafted” into Delta company but that’s ok, because for those of us who are motivated and willing to follow orders we will become what we are meant to be….UNITED STATES COASTGUARDSMEN!!!!!



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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