Charlie 194 Recruit Journal Week 06

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Charlie 194 Recruit Journal

Formed: February 07, 2017

Graduates: March 31, 2017

 

18MAR17

 

Although week 06 was not particularly challenging for C-194, we suspect this very well may be the calm before the storm. The past seven days have been focused on administration time in order for us to get our travel, financial, and living situations figured out. Many of us are having trouble getting in touch with our unit sponsors, but I’m sure this upcoming week will shed light upon our questions.

It seems the closer graduation gets, the slower it approaches. The 02 greatest enemies of the Coast Guard recruit is him or herself, and time. When you want something to last, it flies by. But when you wish nothing move then for a moment to cease, it seems to last an eternity. So in order to succeed, we must prioritize, consolidate, and utilize every moment we have to not only make ourselves better recruits, but better people as well. C-194 learned through not only sweat and pain, but also by trial and error. We tried different formulas until we discovered a system that works for us.

Early in week 06 Charlie went off base to an indoor shooting range. So we could qualify with the USCG standard issue SIG DAK P229. This handgun is a .40 caliber pistol with a trigger reset that could last until the end of time it seems. Our firearms instructors were extremely professional and taught us to the best of their abilities. Although many of us did not qualify, the few that did should be very proud of themselves. Especially the ones who never shot a gun before.

C-194 stood watch during A-194 graduation on Friday. Each individual who volunteered or was assigned watch had to be utterly confident and 100% squared away. The margin for error was practically non- existent. The graduation combined with the commissioning of a brand new vessel provided more brass (officers) than we could even count. The intimidation factor is increased tenfold when you know you’re a senior company with eyes on you at all times, and everything to lose.

C-194 conducted weight training inside the S.A. Flores gym the past 02 days, and it has been a great workout routine. My chest is so sore, I fear fire, fire, fire the next couple of days. But just seeing my shipmates encouraged to complete one more repetition was enough to make me proud of what we have begun.

Week 06 ended with an “On Base Liberty’. It was the first time I have smiled until my face hurt in what seems like forever. Recruits first visited the Coast Guard Exchange and stuffed their rucksacks full of Red bull, candy, and chips, then they went to the Harborview and stuffed their faces with pizza, onion rings, and hamburgers. When all was said and done, I think our company averaged about 3,000 calories in one sitting.

More important than the food, the sound of laughter, and crying took a hold. While some jammed out to Eminem, Nickleback or whoever they listen too. Most enjoyed warm conversations with loved ones. We called or Facetimed for hours! It was truly one of the most memorable moments of my entire life.

But when the time came to say goodbye, emotions began to flow. I had to change out those feeling and focus on what we have came to do. C-194 snapped right back into recruit training mode and forged through the flames. We will cross that finish line soon.

 

SR Edgerton

 

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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