Charlie 195 Recruit Journal Week 05

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Charlie 195 Recruit Journal

Formed: Sep 12, 2017

Graduates: November 03, 2017


Week 05 of recruit training is referred to as “search and rescue” week by the Company Commanders, mainly due to the morning schedule of wake up, take muster, dress, and march to breakfast in under ten minutes. For Charlie-195, it had a second meaning – this was the week we desperately needed someone to rescue us from ourselves.

The week started off on the wrong foot with a uniform inspection that went worse than expected. Nearly everyone had something wrong with their uniform, and three recruits were rephased on the spot. We were a bit ruffled, but hoped that the next day would be better. It wasn’t. We miserably failed our squadbay inspection, and our guidon, the flag that announces to the regiment that we are Charlie Company, was replaced with a mop. We had to carry that blasted thing like a black eye for two days, showing the world our shame. We were in a slump for a few days after that fiasco, wondering how it could get worse. A rack inspection on Friday the 13th. That’s how.

It was absolute bedlam as all three Section Commanders tore apart racks, demanded required knowledge, and made people do pushups. Probation belts were handed out like candy, and thirteen shipmates were sent straight to Delta Company. I’m not overly superstitious, but it’s hard not to be a little spooked by thirteen lost on the 13th! In the immediate aftermath, we wondered, “won’t anyone save us?”

The true lesson of search and rescue week was that sometimes you have to be the one who steps up. Charlie needed to buck up and move forward instead of being rudderless in the storm of recruit training. By the end of the week, we did exactly that. The company is smaller than it’s ever been. And yet we are louder than ever. Our marching and manual of arms is night and day from last week, to the point where we might have a shot of passing our test in the next few weeks. Recruits are acting as a team more and more every day, and our cohesion is nearly perfect. There’s hope for us yet to be ready for the fleet.

Speaking of the fleet, Charlie 195 has been issued its orders for after graduation. The 85 recruits of this company are being spread far and wide: from Alaska to Florida, small boat stations to National Security Cutters, Culinary School, to Tactical Law Enforcement Training, we are set to go everywhere and do everything the Coast Guard has to offer.


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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