Golf 190 Recruit Journal – Week 02


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Golf 190 Recruit Journal

Formed: August 12, 2014

Graduates: October 03, 2014


Golf-190 Week 2 summary

Hello and welcome to the weekly blog of company Golf-190 at Cape May New Jersey. We arrived on August 12, 2014 and will graduate on October 3, 2014. We will keep you updated on all of our basic training experiences every week until graduation.

The motto of Golf-190 is Winston Churchill’s famous quote “if you’re going through hell, keep on going” and weeks 1 and 2 here at cape may proved that quote to be easier said than done. Perhaps Winston Churchill would have belayed his last had he been referring to indoctrination week. Golf-190 met every challenge with enthusiasm and determination. But, make no mistake, it was difficult. For example on our first night; we were given a short amount of time to shower, shave, brush our teeth, and get into bed. From then on things got easier as we adapted to our new life styles of waking up at 0530 and going to bed at 2200 with every hour in-between filled with training. In our first few days we learned a lot to prepare for training. We read about the uniform code of military justice, received all our vaccinations, how to navigate the galley, and took a physical fitness exam. All of this was in preparation to meet our company commanders.

After meeting our company commanders we seemed to be busy around the clock. We learned everything from marching to uniform presentation, making our rack to core values. It’s a little known fact however that the unofficial, unwritten, illegitimate forth core value of the Coast Guard is “Fire Safety” thanks to our many fire drills a day which usually precede Incentive Training outside.

Our first bit of free time came on Sunday when we had our first divine hours from 0800 to 1300 at which time recruits could go to church or stay in the squad bay and iron/fold laundry. That was the end of week 01 and the next morning we officially graduated indoctrination week.

During week 02 things became much more routine. We had at least 2 classes per day, 3 trips to the galley, and a few sessions of physical training here and there. There were however a few fond memories that we’ll share with you now. We shared our first group prayer on Wednesday; saw our lead company commander smile for the first time Thursday, and a bird pooped on a large number of our recruits while we were marching on.

Overall , Golf-190 grows stronger and more confident to our values every day. We are all looking forward to facing the challenges that lie farther down the road.


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.