Charlie 195 Recruit Journal Week 03

Charlie 195 Recruit Journal

Formed: Sep 12, 2017

Graduates: November 03, 2017


It’s always the darkest before the dawn, and I think I see the first rays of sun just over the horizon.

The week was hard on Charlie-195, beginning all the way from divine hours last Sunday to only an hour ago as this is written. Notable punishments happened every day, but there are some that rise above the rest. First off, we were introduced to Medusa first thing Monday morning. Medusa is a 40 foot long braid of 8 heavy lines that we have to lift over our heads from one shoulder to the other. I would never comment on a woman’s weight, but Medusa wasn’t born to be light. Next up in the Charlie-195 hall of infamy was rack packing on Sunday. Petty Officer Stephens was dissatisfied by our rack storage, so we packed everything into our sea bags and mustered on the quarterdeck. We then had to repack everything into our racks one item at a time. This means individual gloves, single pairs of socks, and so on. We were forced to only retrieve and stow items at Petty Officer Stephens command. This took nearly 8 hours, minus time for chow and evening muster.

Next up was the beginning of probation in Charlie-195. On Sunday, Chief Bennett posted a “Lookout List” for RAMP and probation which contained almost a quarter of the company. RAMP hasn’t begun yet, but 12 recruits from the list began probation the minute it was authorized Friday morning. They have to undergo daily required knowledge checks, rack and rucksack inspections, and drill movements for 5 days or get reverted back a week in training. Some are going to make it, others won’t.

Finally, there was a squad bay inspection on Thursday. As Chief Bennett said, “We found some gear adrift, so we tidied up for you. You have two-zero minutes to fix it.” I have never seen such a care and attention to detail applied to the art of destruction: All racks were stripped and moved around the squad bay, shampoo, shaving cream and toothpaste covered every horizontal surface in the head, with paper mache covered the walls; shredder paper, cotton swabs, and cotton balls covered the floor from stem to stern. It was quite the mess.

Hopefully, this was the darkest part of Charlie’s training. The rays of sun are beginning to brighten the sky. We are able to make at least some of our time objectives now, and as a result we have finally gotten some training done. Even if it’s only for a few hours each day, we welcome the opportunity to learn and act like a real military unit. We’ve gotten to practice our manual of arms and our marching, once we even did both at the same time. Charlie is also beginning to be more of a team, and recruits are policing behavior and assisting each other with tasks.

Soon we will be considered a senior company, and I hope we can rise to that standard. Our dawn will come, and hopefully the darkest part of training is behind us. Here’s to another week of recruit training for Charlie-195.


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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