Charlie 196 Recruit Journal Week 05

Charlie 196 Recruit Journal

Formed: May 15, 2018

Graduates: July 06, 2018


CHARLIE-196 Week Ø5 Summary


Heavy pressure was the name of the game Week Ø5. Search and Rescue week was everything we could have nightmares about and a little more. Ripped from your dreams at reveille you have 6Ø seconds to report online for morning muster. If muster moves like clockwork, you’re left with roughly Ø7 minutes to dress out in full operational dress uniform and lined up in formation ready to step off for chow. We must be to the Galley 15 minutes from the second our heads come off the pillow. This week time objectives are everything, you miss your mark and that could be the loss of your spot in the company.

In the middle of our week we find out we have big shoes to fill. The regiment lacks a Week Ø6 company at the moment, therefore a large responsibility was handed to us. Graduation on Friday we were the watch standing and security company. It was kind of an eye opener for us to realize how far we have come. We were taking maximum pride in our orders as we ironed our uniforms and shine our boots. Shipmates helped shipmates and wished each other good luck as they stepped off to go relieve their watch posts. Although we were all exited, there was high risk of messing anything up, Company Commanders, Section Commanders, and officers were everywhere to see you fail. It was pop quiz time for us. We head into the storm, “look, identify, process, speak.” The only thing in our favor is everyone is in their Tropical Blue Dress uniforms, so we didn’t have to process names as well since the nametags are pretty small. We ramble off our “Good mornings” with proper ranks, saluting the officers as well; we earned our meal that day.

Although graduation was a blast, the highlight of the week was receiving our orders. We all formed up outside by the flag pole and big bell. All or our Company Commanders were present, our lead OSC Pullen started going down the list. Chief Pullen would give us the name of the station or cutter, we’d repeat it back at the top of our lungs and ring the bell like it owed us money. This was out big moment but that didn’t stop us from having to push some earth (pushups) if we stepped off with the wrong foot or anything silly in the moment. Which most of us did.

To finish off the week we did our confidence course, an obstacle course. For the first time in recruit training we got to actively motivate our shipmates and cheer them. It was just the moral boost we needed after a tough week. All of us are going to bed thinking of our off base company run in the morning. Finally earned our spot to go, time to see how the big dogs get down.


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.