Charlie 197 Recruit Journal Week 05

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Charlie 197 Recruit Journal

Formed: Jan 15, 2019

Graduates: Mar 08, 2019


Week 05 for Charlie Company was a good one. But that’s not to say it was without hardship. All throughout the week, Charlie Company Participated in what is known as “SAR Week”. To stimulate the preparation for a search and rescue mission, Charlie was tasked with completing our morning routine, and being in line at the galley just 15 minutes after Reveille. Needless to say, our morning were stressful.

On Monday, Charlie company under went out Personnel inspection. All our hard work making our inspection ready uniforms perfect finally paid off. We walked into a room and were greeted by several Chiefs, including our Section Commander Chief Snyder. They inspected everyone down to the thread. But through our hard work, Charlie prevailed.

Tuesday, Charlie Company received our dress blues. These are the clothes worn to graduation, and mean something because they are not just given to any new recruit, but are earned through the hard ship of boot camp. Needless to say, Charlie can feel the end approaching, and we are excited. Wednesday went by as normal with nothing significant happening.

On Thursday, Valentine’s day, the most intimacy Charlie received was during our practice rescue floating, we got a chance to put on Mustang Survival Suits, jump in the water, and both alone and with each other wearing the suits really made us feel the reality of what Charlie Company is learning to be.

Friday was probably the most excitement filled day since arriving. Charlie Company received their orders. The CC’s called out our names one at a time and announced out soon-to be homes. After repeating the orders, we each rang a bell, announcing to Cape May the good news. An overwhelming sense of relief, joy, and excitement came over Charlie Company that day.

Then Saturday we finally got our chance to run the confidence course- Cape May‘s obstacle course. As each shipmate completed the increasing difficult obstacle, cheers and chants filled the air. The rest of the company was there for the individual. It was just another sign of the increasing amount of teamwork Charlie has attained. We’re not quite there, but Charlie Company is on the right track, and we’re getting close.


Week 05 for Charlie Company was a good one.


-Adam Fritz


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.