Charlie 199 Recruit Journal Week 04

International Maritime Signal Flag Charlie

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

Week 04 of basic training in the Coast Guard is known as SAR week. This stands for search and rescue, one of the missions of the United States Coast Guard. To start not only the week, but then every proceeding day, we woke up to the blaring alarms of our company commanders and had to find ourselves attending our morning muster. As the clock ticks on the recruits of Charlie-199 have to don their uniforms and make it to our morning formation and step off for morning chow. Following a grinding Monday, Tuesday was important for Charlie as we all received instructions on reporting to our assigned duty stations.

The highlight of that day was our photos, we donned the finest uniforms the Coast Guard has to offer and got our pictures taken in order for commemoration of our time here.

On Wednesday the company of Charlie-199 learned about fire, not to play with it, what it is, and mainly the ways to put it out. Charlie-199 followed this lesson on with a more practical class, as we soaked up knowledge we had the chance to put simulation fires out. This lesson was enjoyable, as it helped give us knowledge in a hands on experience. Saturday was a big day, as it was scheduled for our confidence course and our company mentor visit.

But before that, we were marched out to the beach at that point (after a little sweat session) Petty Officer Lake and our Assistant company commanders unveiled to us our colors the Charlie signal flag. Immediately we rallied around our flag and took the day head on. With our confidence at its peak we took on the challenge that is the confidence course. It’s an on base obstacle course that companies test their mettle against. With a visit from our mentors, The Commandant of the Coast Guard, Admiral Schultz and The Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard, Master Chief Vanderhaden, we made it topside for the final obstacle, the rope climb. After we got to have a sit down with our mentors and as we asked the two most qualified leaders of the coast guard about our futures we gained an insight of what our time in the Coast Guard may look like.

As we finished this week 04, we made a mistake, Charlie-199 got complacent. After the amazing day we had we had forgotten the standards we are held to as Coast Guardsman. After a bad morning we eventually had our colors wrapped. In order to do that each recruit must secure 01 boot blousing band around the flag and state why they came to serve, hearing all our reasons lit a fire in our belly and as night falls, we need to come together even more to be able to show our colors again, we will be always ready to meet the challenges to come.

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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