Charlie 199 Recruit Journal Week 02 / 04

International Maritime Signal Flag Charlie

Formed: August 04, 2020
Graduates:  September 25, 2020

Today marks one week with Charlie-199. One week ago we were in Sexton Hall second guessing the decisions we had made as we heard the voices of our new company commanders. Our first impression of our company commanders was everything you could imagine. They were fast, loud and intimidating. After an enthusiastic and powerful speech from the Executive Officer Commander Rae, the scene quickly switched to chaos as our lead company commander, Petty Officer Lake, took command of Charlie-199. While just seven days, the past week has felt more like an entire month. Little did we know that on top of the expected physical fitness, yelling, and early wake-ups, that there would also be constant paperwork and performance trackers filled out on a regular basis documenting our progress as recruits. Additionally, Charlie-199 has spent plenty of time in the classroom as well. I’m sure those of us that joined the military for an escape from college are quite disappointed. Nevertheless, as the week progressed we gained valuable knowledge about our future careers and some great insight into life in the Coast Guard. In between the yelling and screaming, we had the opportunity to list our geographic preferences for our first duty station after basic training. It seemed our company wanted to go everywhere from Alaska to Puerto Rico aboard both cutters and shore units. Following another sweat filled couple of days, Charlie-199 was graced with the presence of our two mentors. Not only are our mentors leaders in our eyes, but they actually lead the whole Coast Guard! The Commandant, Admiral Schultz and The Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard, Master Chief Vanderhaden were great. On Saturday, we were able to spend a couple of hours with them while they imparted some wisdom on Charlie-199 and answered all of our questions. Our time together was short lived, but we will have the opportunity to talk with our mentors again before graduation.

As our first real week of training comes to a close, we find ourselves faster, louder, and more knowledgeable (somewhat). I know we are all anxiously awaiting the arrival of our orders, but for now we will stay ready and willing. Yours truly, Charlie-199.

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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