Charlie 196 Recruit Journal Week 04

Charlie 196 Recruit Journal

Formed: May 15, 2018

Graduates: July 06, 2018


CHARLIE-196 Week 04 Summary

Week 04 feels like we have turned a corner in in recruit training. Our Company Commanders have stopped spoon feeding us every task of the day. With a tight leash CHARLIE-196 has started marching ourselves around the Regiment. Company Commanders within distance to slap the training wheels on when we crash and burn. Which in the beginning, happened pretty freaking often, but towards the end of the week we’ve improved exponentially. So much so we don’t even need escorts anymore. Always having to stay on our P’s and Q’s when other Company Commanders are constantly lurking. Nothing satisfies them like dropping the regulations hammer on another company.

This week also began the company splitting in two groups, mostly for class and test purposes. One of those being our firefighting practical. Most of us have been looking forward to it but some have been dreading the moment. It was pretty intense! Recruits take off running to the building at the sound of, “Fire, Fire, Fire!” enter the first room and the lights are off, only a few dim emergency lights. Frantically grabbing boots off a wall I doubt anyone had a pair of the same size. Throwing gear on our bodies as fast as we can and helping our shipmates, we were ready to slay some “flames.” Well maybe not real flames but with how much the room was smoked up you couldn’t tell the difference. We busted in the doors rolling 06 deep per squad and manned our hoses. The combination of 5ft visibility, masks on our faces, and water spraying everywhere it was beautiful chaos.

Dream sheet day was a dream come true. At least we hope, the results could be a nightmare. For now we have something to look forward to and finally something happy to lay in our racks at night, bootcamp related. While this week has been one of the best, the hardest part has just begun. We watched countless shipmates disappear from the company. The RAMP program has been claiming its victims, less than a handful have returned and a new group goes out every Tuesday. RAMP has been most easily described as hell from those sent through. Even the midterm only claimed a single victim. But as we start week 05 Monday A.K.A. S.A.R. week, search and rescue. We will have to do everything we can as a company to make it through. Everyone is yearning to get to be home and see their loved ones, just have to push through this and we make it to the home stretch.


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.