Charlie 197 Recruit Journal Week 07

International Maritime Signal Flag Charlie

Charlie 197 Recruit Journal

Formed: Jan 15, 2019

Graduates: Mar 08, 2019


Graduation Program: Posted Thursday afternoon: Week 7 Blog

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


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*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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Week Ø7 Entry


Week seven was a monumental week for Charlie Company. As the company progresses into the later weeks of training recruits are beginning to make the transition to Non-rates. However, the company needed to take care of business, completing the seamanship classes and the line handling practical before taking our final exam. There was a unique opportunity to complete for the seamanship award winner. They take the highest score from the exams throughout training. This will be announced at graduation! With graduation in mind the company received their final haircuts. Making sure the company looks good to go for the big day. Though the end is near, recruit training isn’t over yet. The company finished its last few classes to ensure we learned everything we need for the final exam. We completed the final exam, we passed, and this is a big mile marker for us. Shortly after, we had our close order drill and manuals of arms test. Both carried enormous weight on Charlie Company. As the final tests showcase what we have learned, we were excited because one passed and completed we knew we would get the green light for off base liberty on Saturday. Friday Bravo graduated, this now means we are the most senior company on the regiment. From Friday until we graduate the Charlie flag will be flown on the regimental flag pole for the entire base to see. The company also transitioned to wearing our Coast Guard ball covers, no more recruit ball covers. Things are starting to change rapidly for us. Whether it be the first non-stressful briefing form our Section Commander or being given more and more responsibility. We are starting to begin to apply the skills we have learned into lessons to use in the fleet. Off base liberty was a true test, a much needed break, but we earned the day to spend in and around Cape May. Even though Charlie Company left Training Center Cape May, the Coast Guard family is extended into the community. We may not have been under direct supervision, but all eyes were on the men and women of Charlie Company in their Service Dress Blues. The liberty was bitter sweet for us. It was nice to catch up with family, friends, and those important to us. It’s the goodbyes that are tough. We are nearing the end and it is not easy to step back into training mode. One more week! Until then we will push on, finishing strong, showing the regiment and everyone back home what Charlie 197 is made of.


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.