Charlie 196 Recruit Journal Week 07

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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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Week 07 Summary

The regiment is starting to look pretty bland with no company colors. Being the senior’s and still carrying around a rag on a stick guidon was not good to go. We had a special day referred to as “non-rate night” by the Battalion Commander Master Chief Wadley. All we knew was we’d be spending an evening with him, last time we had one on one time with him, shipmates got reverted or rephrased on the spot, stress level was through the roof. All for nothing. BMCM Wadley was the first person on the regiment to treat us more than just terrible recruits. He allowed us to talk with him, not sound off all bulging veins, but like normal people, except using proper communication of course. He told us a lot about himself and we got to ask any question we wanted. Really cool experience. The next day some odd ball things happened on base but nobody could find this mystery character so we spent all night on lock down. Most of the days at this point in training have been finishing classing and figuring out first unit information. Finally over daily sweat sessions, or some thought. Our assistant company commanders on Wednesday started doing this terrible thing. They would call out one shipmate for doing something wrong, like leaning on a rack while making our beds, so we sweat for that, but during they might call two more people and add those to the list. Next thing you know we have a full schedule if you know what I’m saying. So about two sessions deep into this game, we are saved by a required unknown something. We find out we are going to fisherman’s memorial, expecting to clean or pick up trash. OSC Pullen lines us all up and gives this speech, it was inspirational, scary, heartwarming, full nine yards to a touchdown and two point conversion, like Chief absolutely kills it. He then orders and about face, we execute like superstars, Chief Pullen tells us to go get it and we dash like dogs to a bone. We started doing some goofy jumping up and down chanting, everyone touching a piece of the guidon. No holding back on the smiling. From the top of the hill you could even see our Company Commanders cheesing as well. This was a whole mood changer for the company. Getting acknowledged as a company is a huge deal, you unlock so many perks. We finally get to chant some cadences during marching, really asserts our dominance. The best part is once the company commanders think you are up to their standards, they take off their masks for just a short debrief. Starting off with recruits giggling uncontrollably, it broke the ice making our lead smile. Every one asked questions like how close were they to going to RAMP, if they were really as bad as they would say, and getting to talk and joke about all of the stories of boot camp. All of this leading up to our off base liberty test. Walking around town looking better than we ever have. The people of Cape May are so nice, people waved or wanted to shake our hand, thanking us for joining the service. A few recruits even had people generous enough to buy their meals or coffee. The day flew by and it almost felt unreal ubering back to base. To solicit ourselves to more onslaught but with only six days left and the quality has taken a huge upturn. Nothing left to stop us from finishing Coast Guard Recruit Training.


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.