Golf 190 Recruit Journal – Week 03







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Golf 190 Recruit Journal

Formed: August 12, 2014

Graduates: October 03, 2014

Week 03 was good and bad week for Golf-190. So, let’s get right to it…. Pretty much every day we take at least one class in the classroom, most of which would bore you to tears or make you fall asleep. In fact, some recruits do that causing us much physical torment later. While some may be boring, other classes are actually interesting. Just the other day we learned about Douglas Munro, the Coast Guards only Medal of Honor recipient. On the other hand, when there isn’t class there are plenty of other parts to boot camp that are less than desirable. For example there is the extremely heavy pipe named Zeus. Let me tell you about Zeus. Zeus is a tool that one of our CC’s loves more than anything. He makes you and 4 others hold pass it over your head shoulder to shoulder for what feels like hours while you all chant something like “Blood, Sweat, Tears” or “ we’re not trying hard enough”. Zeus has clearly won the heart of this particular CC but a close second place would have to go to R.A.M.P (Recruit Aptitude Motivational Program). RAMP is another one of those undesirable things; it’s a 2 hour program that you go to when not performing where they basically pulverize you with physical training until you go any further and Golf-190 packs the house every night. We’ve seriously already filled our quota for next week. Although the punishments seem bad some are actually quite entertaining (as long as they don’t happen to you). Take the other day; we had our first rack inspection. Everything in the rack needs to be folded and positioned perfectly. Needless to say, some recruits failed. Those recruits had to unpack all of their things and move onto the quarterdeck so they could be closely monitored. We’re not alone in this fight though. The company that’s one week ahead of us isn’t doing well either. All of their recruits keep getting reverted into Golf Company. We’ve picked up 10 new recruits in the past week alone. We’re trying to welcome them as best we can. Golf-190 is also on its way to more practical training so our lessons are getting more interesting. Monday we had survival float class. Tuesday we learned marching drills for the sunset parade which was fun and kind of interesting. On Thursday we were ambushed and our CC made us watch a couple of shipmates pull a line as they chanted about their failures. Friday we participated in our first graduation. During the whole graduation there was one shipmate that was coughing the whole time. That was pretty embarrassing for Golf-190. This week has been rough and tough but we will make it if we work together.

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.