Charlie 196 Recruit Journal Week 06

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Charlie 196 Recruit Journal

Formed: May 15, 2018

Graduates: July 06, 2018


CHARLIE-196 – Week 06 Summary


CHARLIE-196 took week 06 in stride. Taking off with our first off-base run. The experience had us in a whole new mindset. No longer were we a bunch of echo nothings, we were representing the future of the Coast Guard. Heads held high, chests puffed out, and moving with some true pep in our steps. Leaving the gates of TRACEN Cape May, the air felt a little lighter. As we moved through the town, people were waiting outside to cheer and wave. Screaming our chants at the top of our lungs gave me chills, not because I was sweating my face off, but because you are so close to being a part of a great life-saving service, the United States Coast Guard. We laid in our racks that night feeling on top of the world. As the morning sun rose, our reality came crashing down. We are not there yet. This week came in full force; our Company Commanders would not let us proceed until we met their standard of perfection. Which meant the use of external force to squeeze all of the junk juice out of us until we were some ready recruit raisins. The intense training sessions were back to back with no sign of them letting loose of the throttle. We thought maybe they were getting us ready for the physical fitness assessment. If so, that seemed to do more damage than good. The results blew us away. Seventeen shipmates did not meet the standard. It was obvious that our Lead Company Commander did all that could be done. Those seventeen recruits got a second shot the next day. The next morning we had class as they did their re-test. Coming back that afternoon was heart dropping, racks emptied out, and many long time shipmates gone without a word. As an already small company, taking a hit like this really hit hard. Boot camp does not slow down though, so we had to recover quickly. Next up was setting our eyes onto scoring our marksmanship pennant at the range. We took our firearms safety and procedures class very seriously. Needing a 75% accuracy rate to achieve it, the first half of the company got us off to a rough start but the second half came with skills to kill. Letting loose at the range to get 81%, we made up the difference. The whole week was leading up to on-base liberty. Every recruit itching to get those electronic devices that used to hold our lives in vices, now we use them to call the ones we love.


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.