CHARLIE 194 Recruit Journal Week 4

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Charlie 194 Recruit Journal

Formed: February 07, 2017

Graduates: March 31, 2017

Week 04 has enlightened Charlie Company of our failures and the harsh reality of what is to come. Despite being halfway through boot camp, the time we have left does not correlate to the amount of stress that will continue. The performance expected from C-194 will gradually increase each and every day. This past week consisted of our midterm exams and physical fitness exams. While most of the company did extremely well (one shipmate ran the 1.5 mile in 8:21!), some will have to take remedial classes in order to successfully complete the physical fitness portion.

C-194 has been mentally and physically pushed beyond limits most of the civilian population could handle. We have constantly faced the wrath of the Company Commanders. They are excellent teachers, mentors, and leaders. But…if we cross them, give them any hint that we aren’t putting forth the 100% effort into everything we do, they will make us pay for our indiscretions through sweat and pain. Imagine being in the same small room with 108 other people screaming the same thing over and over again. NOW add holding our pieces to that equation. There are days here when C-194 will sweat so much that we could literally wring out the sweat from our operational dress uniforms.

One of the most important things that keep my shipmates and I motivated is receiving mail from friends and family. Each night we have approximately 10 minutes to read and write letters. These 10 minutes have the potential to see us through the next few days or so. So if you are reading this..please write your recruit as much as possible.

Charlie Company is steadily becoming the recruits our CC’s see within us. Although much discipline is still essential, many of us already feel like the shells of our former selves. Considering the amount of Incentive Training we have endured, its mind boggling to see people continue to make the same mistakes as a week 02 recruit. While the squared away recruits blame the slackers and vice versa. In all reality we are all in this together, working towards the same goal. We are all in the same boat, so we will have to learn how to function as a team.

Charlie is finally getting over the Cape May Crud. Of course we are still coughing up our lungs and so congested we cant taste our food. But compared to last week, I think we are all feeling pretty good!

C-194 still has a lot of growing to do. We still need to be faster, louder, and more efficient with our time objectives. If we continue to disobey orders, and disregard the recruit rules and regulations we will be turned into puddles of sweat, day in and day out until we break or conform. I truly believe after this week C-194 see training in a whole new light. Charlie is full of smart, motivated recruits, but they will have to step up do what is right if C-194 is to succeed.

As we come closer to graduation with each day, C-194 will experience growth unknown to most. We will surpass all the roadblocks placed infront of us in due time. As long as we stay strong for each other we will make it.


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.