Charlie 199 Recruit Journal Week 03

International Maritime Signal Flag Charlie

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

Week three was as eventful as most weeks go in Recruit Basic Training, between the pride and pain Charlie found its way past the third week.

To kick things off, Monday had a lot in store for us, none of it happy. From grueling workouts to moving crazy fast, it set the tone for the days to come. Tuesday was a welcome change, it was the day Charlie was issue their dress uniforms. In the precision and neatness we saw they hold, we felt nothing but hope as to one day sing Semper Paratus and graduate in these.

The midpoint of the week we learned a valuable lesson, to have attention to detail. From the countless drills, the intense physical training, and the way we present ourselves, week three was about teaching us the attention to detail necessary for our futures in the Unites States Coast Guard. Charlie is tested on this daily, but our first uniform inspection was held. After countless fails, our saving grace was not how fast we could put it on, but our strength as a team as we worked in unison spot checking each other’s uniforms. Attention to detail was key we understood. Coming into Thursday we tried our hand at marching ourselves instead of following the cadence of our Company Commanders; the key word being “tried”. After finding ourselves bouncing off from building to softball field like a pinball machine, we knew practice would be necessary.

Friday was a special day, not just because it’s Friday or we’re having pizza at the galley, we got our orders to our first duty stations. Ranging from Key West Florida, Kodiak Alaska, and sea to shining sea, each recruit gladly sounded off their duty station, even if we were holding something heavy.

Saturday being a blank slate of a day began tons of drills and PT sessions from our ever beloved Company Commanders. But as this week comes to a close, Search and Rescue week comes to take us, The pinnacle of Recruit Training, we know it is time to test our mettle against the toughest Basic Training has to offer. Charlie stands always ready to meet the call.

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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