Charlie 198 Recruit Journal Week 02

International Maritime Signal Flag Charlie

Formed: October 22, 2019
Graduates: December 13, 2019

From getting off the bus to nearly reaching week 03, we have lost some shipmates and we have gained some shipmates, but we are still Charlie-198 and working towards earning a spot in the Coast guard fleet. However, we have a long way to go.

We are told when, where, how, and why we do everything. Yet we still cannot seem to get it right. It looks like a bunch of kindergarteners with frustrated teachers just trying to get us to sit still. That being said, we have had our good moments.

We have been practicing marching and have gone from looking like we had no hope at all to looking like we may be able to pull this off after all. We have been coming together little by little in the past two weeks. Which, how could that not happen when you are all thrown into the fire and told the only way to get out is together…if one fails we all fail. A lesson learned in one of our classes this week, Coast Guard Core Values.

We had many classes this week such as, watch standing, identifying rates and ranks, how to utilize Coast Guard resources, effective followers, and several others. However, the class on core values really reminded many of us why we were here, something that can slip your mind when a Company Commander is yelling at you with the volume that shakes the earth. A volume which they expect us to learn soon. The lesson here is get loud, move fast, and do as you are told, and things will go well. If not we have workouts intended to make you a puddle of sweat.

The other lesson here is everything has a purpose. We yell loud because our mouse voices will not carry while the storm of the century hits and lives are on the line. We move fast because conditions can change at the drop of a hat and we need to always ready. We do as we are told because there is a reason and order to it. However, there are still temptations to bend these rules. An example, who has not had a midnight craving before? Although tasty and satisfying as it is, a bad idea for recruits at Cape May. Which a couple of shipmates have discovered the hard way. Additionally, we are to maintain military bearing at all times. Which means no laughing and to stand at attention. As we finish week two we will take the lessons, sweat sessions, and little successes we have had to help us keep moving forward. Next week we will start seamanship which has everyone excited and will hopefully inspire us to keep our heads up with our eyes on the prize.

 C-198 Historian

SR Smith

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.

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