Charlie 198 Recruit Journal Week 05

International Maritime Signal Flag Charlie

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

Week five also known as search and rescue week has been an exciting and intense week for Charlie 198. This week is known as search and rescue week because we are given roughly 10 minutes to shave, gel our hair, brush our teeth and get changed into our uniform. That means we need to move quick in 10 minutes which is still considered a lot of time in the Coast Guard especially for something like a search and rescue mission. One shipmate attempting to be a step ahead of the morning rush stowed his socks and blousing straps in his boots which is not good to go. This recruits actions were discovered by none other than Chief Knapp who quickly provided a solution of a new shiny red belt signifying probation. Trust me the last thing any recruits here wants is more attention from company commanders. Chief also started the week off for Charlie 198 with rack inspections, rucksack inspections, and squad bay inspections. If anything was out of place that meant a sad day for said recruit. We had to say goodbye to even more recruits and several joined the ranks of probation and ramp. The entire company was certainly a little shaken up from the day but had no choice but to keep moving forward – we had to keep our heads up and stay moving forward.

Something that did help boost morale was getting fitted for our dress uniforms. Smiles were difficult to contain as we suited up on what we will be wearing on graduation day. The original sizes for these clothes were taken back on October 23, 2019, which caused for some recruits to have a good amount of space left around their waist. So it seems all these workouts they have been doing are certainly working. Heads up parents we are going to be looking good come graduation day. Which leads me to the most exciting part of our week – getting our orders! We had the opportunity to call home and notify parents of the exciting news which was a very welcomed experience for a lot of recruits to hear the voice of a loved one. The ceremony to receive orders came surprisingly early and had the whole company buzzing with anticipation. Once we were told where we were going we got to ring a ceremonial bell. One recruit was so thrilled with the news she pulled the ringer clean off the bell and simply stood with it in her hand like a drumstick. Now we do our best to maintain strict military bearing but it was simply too much for the entire company and we started laughing. Petty Officer Cobb was quick to correct our wrongs by ordering us to lock it up. Nevertheless this was an enjoyable experience for all of us as we yelled out loudly and proudly the location and name of the cutter, sector, and small boat stations. One lucky recruit will even get to stay here in training center Cape May. Fortunately for him he will be training for aviation survival technician school instead of being hounded by the company commanders. Five recruits have been selected to go train with the honor guard which should lead to some pretty great experiences.

All in all everyone is looking forward to the next chapter in their Coast Guard career however we still need to meet the standard and graduate from here. This week we did graduation support once again and this time it was for bravo 198. That makes us the senior company on the regiment and that title comes with a lot of responsibility. The situation reminds me of the Coast Guardsman we have been told about who although young and without many years of experience stepped up to serve with honor, respect, and devotion to duty. We all want to be the best company we can be and set an impressive example for the newer companies on the regiment. We will continue to strive to be the best company that others can look up to. With the added pressure of being the senior company it was nice to talk with our company mentor and let off stress. All in all week 05 was a challenging and exciting week for Charlie 198.

Seaman 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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