Charlie 196 Recruit Journal Week 02

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Charlie 196 Recruit Journal

Formed: May 15, 2018

Graduates: July 06, 2018


Graduation Program: Posted Thursday afternoon: Week 7 Blog

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CHARLIE-196 – Week 02 Summary


The United States Coast Guard is a branch that can offer an endless amount of life changing opportunities. CHARLIE-196 is learning that it is not handed out, but earned through hardship and discipline. The day that we met our Company Commanders was complete chaos; we were herded out of the classroom in Sexton Hall like a pack of zebras, trying to stay out of “one arms distance” of the Company Commanders, hoping that the hunt would end soon. We were just finding out what we really signed up for. They wasted no time on beginning Incentive Training (IT). It started with screaming our faces off, now add squats, pushups, sit-ups, and a few more exercises to match the physical exhaustion with the mental. Between regular remedial instruction and incentive training sessions, they have found some spare time to teach us as well. This early in training has been focused more on the basics, on how to conduct ourselves around the regiment and in the fleet, as well as learning about different work life programs so that when we graduate, we know that the Coast Guard is there for us to make the transition easy. On the other side of the class spectrum from brains back to bronze, we have started out TRX, cycling, and swim workouts. Mr. Smith has been our instructor for the majority of them and as the older folk would say, he has no problem, “whipping us into shape”. At times, he had us wishing Chief Pullen, our Lead Company Commander, would save us with a lesson on how to hold canteens above our heads and scream for extended periods of time. However, he normally leaves those types of lessons to our Assistant Company Commanders, Petty Officer Resto and Petty Officer Sanchez. They thoroughly enjoy the duty of making us sweat through remedial instruction and incentive training sessions. That is unless Chief Pullen feels like letting out his inner assistant, which he is really damn good at it. A few times that we have been unfortunate enough to unleash that inner beast, we all are quick to support those claims. Thus far, this has been the hardest thing any of us have had to go through. But some of the greatest journeys have tough beginnings. With the encouraging words, advice, and knowledge our company mentor LT Earhart shared with us, it really grounded and re-motivated some of us who were getting broken down by the process. Always trust in the process. We are starting to realize that everything that we are made out to do here serves a purpose to get us fleet ready with Honor, Respect, and Devotion to Duty.


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.