Charlie 194 Recruit Journal Week 03

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Charlie 194 Recruit Journal

Formed: February 07, 2017

Graduates: March 31, 2017





The end of week 03 marks a significant milestone for C-194. We are finally working together as a team in order to complete time objectives. We are finally finding the voice of C-194, the voice that will sound like a mountain crashing down from the heavens. We are finally competing with the senior companies on the regiment.

This week began with pools of sweat being drained from our bodies each and every day. C-194 has packed up all of our belongings into seabags and passed them all over the TRACEN Cape May parade field on several occasions. We have also been gathered onto the quarter deck, and screamed our faces off until the walls literally were sweating due to the condensation.

While we are being punished, there comes a certain point where your mind wants to give up. Your head is telling your arms to stop passing seabags, stop screaming, stop pushing yourself, stop holding the piece in sniper position; but in your heart, you know what you must do. You must continue forth and face any challenge threatening the dream of becoming a Coast Guardsman. You have to think about your loved ones, and envision your life once you graduate bootcamp. In the moment, it’s hard, it’s uncomfortable and scary. But if you are 100% certain that this is what you want to do, then you already know the outcome.

The recruits of C-194 are bonding like that of a large family. You have your slackers, your overachievers, your clowns, and your weird but completely squared away ones. You also have your leaders, followers, mentors, and supporters. All of these different mentalities mesh together to form what is now known as C-194. As we become closer and more team driven, we also become more honest with each other. So when a shipmate gets called out by their fellow peers for something the company will all pay for they shouldn’t get upset. Because we are a team and need to act as such for the next 05 weeks.

This week we saw Yankee Company after their graduation, and it was a friendly reminder of what we are working towards. A week ago Yankee Company was a recruit company but now they are all fully fledged Coast Guardsman.   We saw them touring the base with their families and they all looked incredibly sharp and happy. One of the most notable changes was the Company Commanders actually being nice to them. C-194 was in awe as we saw former Y-193 recruits greet Chief Heinze with a “Hey Chief, how are you?” and a wave. And he simply smiled back and congratulated them!!! If we did that we would be a puddle of sweat! It was like we were in the Twilight Zone! Seeing this exponentially increased C-194’s morale and determination. We will be the best on the regiment, that is a guarantee. We absolutely are looking forward to the road ahead and we will not quit, slow or draw. We will win! We will fight for what we want.

We are C-194!


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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