Golf 195 Recruit Journal Week 06

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Golf 195 Recruit Journal

Formed: Oct 17, 2017

Graduates: December 08, 2017

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This week started out pretty bad for Golf Company, nobody felt as if we were in week six. Everyone started to make small mistakes that cost the company a lot of sweat and humiliation. Petty Officer Placencia told us we looked like clowns and we should act like one as well, he marched us around through the parade field with are hats turned to the side so everyone could see how bad golf company really is. What he didn’t know was that everyone in Golf Company took that and used it as motivation to be better so we don’t look like fools. We started to come together and work as a unit instead of worrying about ourselves.

When everyone was at their lowest point and about to freak out Golf Company went for this walk off base. Everyone was wondering if we were going to go do something crazy in front of the whole town so they know we are out of our minds as well, but then we arrived at a statue. The statue was of a woman and her children looking out to the ocean, Petty Officer Passmore then explained what she was looking for. She is looking for her husband’s boat to come back from the vicious seas, but she will always be looking because he’s not coming home. He told us this is why we were pushed so hard and put under so much stress because we need to be ready for anything no matter what the conditions are, we need to get that person back to their family so they don’t have to stand and wait like the statue. After the speech he told us we are ready and told us to look where the woman is looking and there was the golf flag, the thing everyone has been working so hard for.

After that happened the week got better and better every single day. The company split up and went to the firearms range; everyone did great even the people who never shot a firearm before in their life. On thanksgiving everyone was adopted for the day by a family, the recruits got to relax eat well, and contact their families back home. This allowed the recruits to take there minds off recruit training for a couple hours, but it also allowed our company commanders to spend the holiday with their family as well. Two days later Golf-195 got our on-base liberty where we were allowed to go to the exchange and buy food and drinks and spend the day at the harbor view instead of pushing the earth in front of James Hall. During this time we got our phones again and talk with our families which really uplifted everyone’s spirits and gave them a little more motivation to be successful in the upcoming weeks of training.

 

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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