Charlie 195 Recruit Journal Week 04

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Charlie 195 Recruit Journal

Formed: Sep 12, 2017

Graduates: November 03, 2017


Good morning, Friends and Family of Charlie – 195.


We are officially half-way through training as of this week, and it’s been a week of halves. Half of our shipmates sent to RAMP (Recruit Aptitude and Motivation Program) have been reverted; we made roughly half of our time objectives this week; we were split in half as a company for classes; and, most importantly, we became a half-way decent team.


This week also saw more highs than lows. First on the list was the Fire Fighting practical, which involved donning full Fire Fighting Ensembles also known as FFEs. Which consist of a fire fighting suit, flash gear, oxygen tanks, and helmets to fight a simulated fire in a smoke filled room. As the instructor predicted, some of us fell over, and some people got soaked by the “Wide-V” sprayer setting on the vari-nozzle. Regardless, we all had a great time learning a very useful skill such as fire fighting.


Next on the highlight reel was picture day, where we took our graduation portraits. Following that we had a class about the duties of all 22 ratings in the Coast Guard. Popular rating choices were Boatswains mate, Operations Specialists, and Maritime Enforcement Specialists. Three days later was something that everyone had been anticipating for a long time; Assignment Dream Sheets! We got to pick out where we want to go and what ships we want to serve with. The needs of the service come first, but we all hope that we get our first choices.


Far and away the best part of the week happened on Saturday night though. We got Chocolate milk with dinner! Because we did so well on our Midterm exams this week, MEC Bennett authorized us to have it with Chow! It was everything we hoped it would be and more: Rich, Delicious, and tasted of victory! Quite possibly the best moment on recruit training for Charlie-195.


Aside from the daily victories and failures that define boot-camp, Charlie has changed drastically; we’ve had 16 shipmates get reverted out of the company, most of whom were holding us back. The beginning of the week felt like either 90% of us were trying 100% of the time or 100% of us were trying only 90% of the time. By the end we were all giving maximum effort for training and teamwork. Do we still make mistakes? OF COURSE WE DO and we pay dearly when we do, but we are getting louder, faster, and tighter in our military bearing and camaraderie. The half way point is here for Charlie – 195, and we are on track to being the company we know we can be.


Before signing off, I would like to thank all of the families, friends, and strangers that have been writing to lift our spirits. It’s always a joy opening your letters and reading your encouraging words; also, a major thank you to all of the former Alpha and Bravo recruits who have helped show us what a senior company should look like. We couldn’t have made it this far without your help.


–Reporting from Training Center Cape May, SR VanSlyck–


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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