Charlie 195 Recruit Journal Week 07

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Charlie 195 Recruit Journal

Formed: Sep 12, 2017

Graduates: November 03, 2017

This is the beginning of the end for Charlie-195. When we arrived on 12 September, we had a lot of firsts to look forward to – first time wearing our uniforms, first time we held our pieces, first incentive training, the first time we met our Company Commanders…the list seemed endless. Now, all we have done this week and all we have to look forward to are lasts – we had our last Seamanship class on Wednesday, we took our last tests on Friday for academics, close order drill, and manual of arms. SK2 Dockery put us in sniper position one last time the night before we turned our pieces back in, and after what feels like both an eternity and the blink of an eye, we are in our last week of training.

This week wasn’t even half as busy as last week, but the things we did were monumental. Just before supper on Sunday, MEC Bennett took us on an unusual march which ended at the beach. Once there, we were told that all of our hard work had not gone unnoticed, and that we were most of the way through our transformation from recruits to non-rates. MEC Bennett showed us the mighty Atlantic Ocean, our new office-our new home. Then he posed us a question, “Do you think you are ready for your colors Charlie?” We screamed our faces off to say yes and the reply was, “we’re about to find out, push up position take!” Shortly after we finished, we were about-faced in time to watch ET2 Stephens spike our colors into a sandy hill. MEC Bennett gave the order to retrieve them, and we took off like we had jets on our feet. We cheered, sang, and teared up at our accomplishment, then sang cadences with the Company Commanders all the way back to Healy Hall. Never have we been prouder as a Company.

Charlie 194 is on its way to graduation. Our milestones of lasts are ticking by quickly and soon we will pass the torch onto Delta-195. It will be difficult for them to live up to our example, but they will have to manage. When 3 November comes and we haul away, you’ll hear us sing, “we’re bound for the fleet – goodbye Cape May.”

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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