Charlie 195 Recruit Journal Week 6

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Charlie 195 Recruit Journal

Formed: Sep 12, 2017

Graduates: November 03, 2017


Week 06 of training has been our most public week of training by far. Beginning last Sunday, we stepped outside of the little square mile we’ve called home for the last month and a half and into the real world for a company run. Right out of the gate, there were families lining the streets to cheer, applaud, and record our debut. We felt like we were in a parade, and we swelled with pride as we sang our running cadences. It hardly felt like we ran our three mile course when we returned. The following days kept Charlie in the public eye, since we left the base twice to go to the range for fire arms training and once more on the weekend to do some landscaping for the local high school (if anyone from Lower Cape May Regional is reading this, you have us to thank for that cleared out courtyard by C-hall). Each time we held ourselves to the high standards of professionalism and courtesy set by our Company Commanders. A very good first impression for Charlie.

Even within the confines of the base we’ve been receiving some attention, none of it necessarily bad either. Friday we had our second round of graduation practice, which we executed flawlessly. As if we had any other option- the Commandant of the Coast Guard was in attendance, along with all his staff and family. Though we were nervous, we never let it show. After that successful evolution, we went to chow expecting a bit of relief, only to find the place swarming with Senior Chiefs. These ones weren’t Company Commanders though and wanted to talk to us instead of biting our heads off. This was a once in a lifetime opportunity for any recruit, since their visit was part of the Senior Enlisted Leadership Course, not a standard week 06 occurrence. MEC Bennett even gave a longer chow time so we would get more out of the experience. We had to leave eventually but did so with some career advice and sea stories.

Finally on Friday, the last (but most importantly) spotlight turned on for us; with Bravo-195 gone, we will be the most senior company for the next two weeks. We set the standard now and are the ones junior companies’ aspire to be. With this comes the responsibility to teach the forming companies how to do their duties. We’ve already taught Golf-195 the routine for incentive training and how to make a rack- soon we will teach them how to perform their duties as company petty officers. It was surreal being on the flip side of the coin, being the recruits with strict military bearing staring back at a sea of scarred and bewildered faces. They think we have all the answers and secrets of recruit training, just like we thought X-194 did. Charlie has come a very long way since we stepped off the bus 06 weeks ago, and it shows.


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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