Charlie 197 Recruit Journal Week 02

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Charlie 197 Recruit Journal

Formed: Jan 15, 2019

Graduates: Mar 08, 2019


Graduation Program: Posted Thursday afternoon: Week 7 Blog

Go to:

Under the “Graduation Date” Tab you will be able to find the Graduation Program


To view the Graduation Live: Time: 1100 AM

The live stream of the graduations are viewed by going to the training center’s Facebook page at


*It should be noted that the live streams are a courtesy and not a guarantee. There could be technical issues or resource availability issues that would interfere with the stream. The live streams are not intended to be high definition productions of the graduation ceremonies.


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There was an eeriness in the air Saturday morning though Charlie Company ended the night prior meeting time objectives they still had sweat to pay. Having a general idea of the weekly breakdown Charlie knows Week 03 will be tough. With a Schedule very open, the time to sweat would be there. Trips to the galley have gotten more intense for Charlie Company. The material they have learned and I don’t know no longer an acceptable answer. Charlie spends some of the morning tying up loose ends. They then head to meet their mentor a Master Chief to ask questions and learn from one of the best. The remainder of the day Charlie sees a ramped up version of what PT can look like. They failed to even make it to rack inspection and instead ended up emptying everything in their rack into their seabags. The seabag containing everything in a shipmates rack would then be used to play the PT version of ring around the Rosie. Evening chow keeps the intensity up and Charlie returns to find an unfamiliar Coast Guard members waiting. This time these new faces weren’t here to mentor in the form of questions and answers but rather through orders reminding us where we stand and the things we need to work on. One final game of ring around the Rosie’s before show then bed. But not before receiving their Records of Councilings to let them know the individualized work that lies ahead for those who want to remain in Charlie.


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.