Charlie 199 Recruit Journal Week 05

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

Week 05 of Charlie-199’s Journey through the trials of Coast Guard Boot Camp are not without its high and low points. Starting off the week on the wrong foot with frequent errors in communication, effort, and military bearing led to our freshly unveiled colors to be wrapped. As we lost our colors a void was made in the spirit of Charlie, and the emptiness led to hunger. We found ourselves motivated and dedicated to being worthy of those colors.

Our first challenge came the following Monday, our final physical fitness assessment. Charlie entered the assessment eager and willing to fight, and not only passed, but with flying colors, literally. As we unwrapped our colors we earned a new addition, a small white pennant for our proficiency in the physical fitness assessment. Next came our firearms training. After an initial lesson on safety and basic marksmanship, we found ourselves on a one hour bus ride in peace heading to the range. Going into the marksmanship test we found many inexperienced, but we relied on our training and earned the marksmanship pennant for our colors. Then on Wednesday we navigated our way through our Seamanship final, which we earned the Seamanship pennant for excellence. By Saturday we earned the Academic pennant for high average final exam score, the Lead Company Commander pennant; and scoring a 10/10 on Manual of Arms assessment and 9/10 on Close Order and Drill we earned the Section Commander pennant. The significance of a clean sweep thus far is only achieved by only a handful of companies each year.

To end the week came two events were had been highly anticipating, pugil sticks and on-base liberty. Pugil sticks are a one vs one contest of hitting each other with padded sticks while wearing protective gear. Points are scored for head and body shots, and we enjoyed ‘wailing’ on one another in this moral and team building event. After lunch we received on-base liberty, 07 hours of free time with our phones. As we called our loved ones and checked in with the rest of the world, it dawned on us that we truly are in the home stretch now. These next 05 days are our last lap. Charlie-199 intends on finishing strong and set the standard high for all the junior companies to follow.

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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