Charlie 197 Recruit Journal Week 03

Charlie 197 Recruit Journal

Formed: Jan 15, 2019

Graduates: Mar 08, 2019


Week Ø3 Entry


Week three was a tough week for Charlie Company. The days went by slow but the week flew by fast. This was Charlie Companies first time at Seamanship. A class that has become a favorite for many. From helm commands to knot tying, it is a nice change of pace for the company. The walks to and from Seamanship have been harsh, as in black flag conditions plagued much of the week. There was even snow towards the end of the week. Which was a first for some recruits in Charlie who did not have it in their hometowns.

The sweating continues, though it still feels like forever at the time. It has gotten a bit easier to manage the Charlie grows stronger. That strength can now be noticed by the Charlie Company as Delta Company moves in across the quarterdeck (across the hall). Delta’s addition to the regiment, Charlie is no longer the junior recruit class at Training Center Cape May. However, this also means that there is a class behind us for those who are failing to keep up with the requirements and Recruit Rules and Regulations. Going through week three the amount of knowledge we are expected to know has continued to climb.

This upcoming week will hold the midterm exam, which will be an important turning point for us. With boots shined, uniforms ironed, the recruits of Charlie Company look the part more and more with each passing day. Nevertheless, we still have a ways to go before we are ready to graduate. We have the basics down so the knowledge will broaden. This does not mean that the previous can be forgotten, those who need a bit of work to reinforce this are put on probation. Those on probations need more time with questioning and more attention form the Company Commanders to make sure they are keeping up with the company. Those not on probation try to lend a hand to their fellow shipmate to help move the company along together. Teamwork will be important in the coming weeks for Charlie Company. No one recruit will be able to do it alone, the challenges will come, but we will push fourth, there is no time to stop now!


SR Hanrahan

C-197 Historian


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.