Charlie 194 Recruit Journal Week 05

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Charlie 194 Recruit Journal

Formed: February 07, 2017

Graduates: March 31, 2017



As Charlie Company begins to learn from past mistakes, we are becoming what our Company Commanders always saw within us. Though hard times are still to come, and shipmates are still to be lost due to injury, reversion or rephassal. C-194 continues to put one foot in front of the other until there is no more road to be conquered. Day 01 of week 05 began with a rack inspection performed by the Battalion Commander. As recruits began popping their racks, you could feel the fear in the air as they were destroyed one by one due to minor infractions. As week 05 recruits, we have to always be inspection ready, and prepared for whatever challenges are handed to us. Because once C-194 is in the fleet, Minor infractions could potentially kill civilians or shipmates. Charlie Company does not want to be pools of sweat every day, and we definitely don’t want to hold things over our head all day. But C-194 understands and will eventually appreciate the discipline needed to prepare us for service in the United States Coast Guard.

As Charlie steadily comes together, we are constantly relying on our shipmates for advice, help, and motivation. Nothing in recruit training can be mission complete without team work. When you’re hurting, they’re hurting ; When you’re home sick, they’re home sick ; when you are sweating to the point of having to completely change your operational dress uniform, you’re shipmates are going through the same exact thing. So when one of us want to give up, the rest of C-194 will act as a rock and encourage that person with everything we have. Of course we are all adults, and have made the conscious decision to join the world’s greatest lifesaving force. But even sheep dogs need some kind of comfort every so often.

Everything about Coast Guard boot camp can be a snowball effect of pain, sweat, and stress if our Company Commanders so choose. They are the role models that C-194 must walk in the footsteps of, if we wish to be successful men and women of the United States Coast Guard. Every day we are learning something new, but whether we learn it the easy or hard way is up to how Charlie behaves. Most of us are barely out of our teens, and many graduates high school not even a year ago, but here we are, week 05, going into week 06 of Coast guard boot camp. So of course almost every person had bad habits coming into training, but I am positive that most of those habits have been broken by now.

The recruit training program is not only physically taxing, but mentally as well. The amount of classes we have every week is simply mind blowing. We are required to learn a tremendous amount of information in such a small period of time, that without notes there is no way we would remember it all. But every last bit of information we learn will help us through our Coast Guard careers. In given time, I am sure that we will look back on our time here and be thankful for the master packets provided to us. C-194 just received first duty station assignments and most of us are extremely ecstatic. Some recruits were disappointed, and were upset all day. But the needs of the service will always come first.



As we move into Week 06 C-194 has grown exponentially compared to our previous time here. We are moving full blast with our eyes locked on the prize only 03 weeks away. The recruits of Charlie company love and miss our families very much, and we absolutely cannot wait for 31MAR17. Until then, we will give our all into all tasks assigned to us and those of us who truly wish to be Coast Guard men and women will reap what we sew. The end is near, but we cannot let up on the intensity that Charlie brings to the table. Please keep C-194 in your thoughts and prayers and look forward to hearing from us during on base liberty during the weekend of week 06. If we don’t mess up that is.




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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