Charlie 198 Recruit Journal Week 03

International Maritime Signal Flag Charlie

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

This week at the gym we heard the song with the lyrics “if you are going through hell, keep on moving, face that fire”. Although TRACEN Cape May is certainly not hell, I think the lyrics were still relatable. Recruit training here is no cake walk, it is though, grueling, and exhausting. Exactly the way it is intended to be, because only the strong and committed should be able to graduate.

It is time for Charlie-198 to keep pushing forward and face that fire, quite literally as week four brings us firefighting classes. We are all very excited to get started on it. This week we learned a good deal on seamanship, which covers topics like knot tying, helm commands, and generally prepared us for joining the fleet. I think these classes led to some day dreaming of being out on a cutter, running missions, or being anywhere else other than being yelled at by our Company Commanders. I would like to say we have had some hiccups this week in our marching, one shipmate was marching the company and marched us into a tree. As recruits snagged branches and leaves, while trying to stay in step, we all cringed on the inside knowing we embarrassed ourselves in front of our Lead Company Commander. While our Company Commanders critique your every move it becomes increasingly harder to keep military bearing and compose yourself.

However, as with all aspects of basic training, there is a purpose and lessons from every experience. No one is one-hundred percent perfect all the time, we all know mistakes will happen, it is a matter of effort and learning from those mistakes. Another hard lesson to see was losing a few shipmates this week because they did not follow the rules and regulations. But we also gained a few, Although, I am sure they would have rather graduated with their original company, they now have a new motivation and dedication to help out Charlie-198 from the depths. We like to think they are from then future and are sent to assist us! We are still fighting to keep our heads above water, but what would basic training be if you were not forced to push yourself beyond what you thought possible and face your fire. Almost halfway there, keep thinking positive thoughts for us, we all miss our loved one and this would not be possible without you.

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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