Golf 190 Recruit Journal Week 04

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Golf 190 Recruit Journal

Formed: August 12, 2014

Graduates: October 03, 2014



How can words describe how far Golf-190 has come in the past month. The short way would be that we’ve acclimated, adjusted and learned how to cope with little sleep, grueling PT sessions and Company Commanders that seem like they are trying to make us fail. Although none of these answers are untrue, they don’t truly embody all of the changes that have taken place within the bodies and minds of the seaman recruits of Golf-190.

Captain Prestidge puts it in words exceptionally well in his fair well speech to all departing companies at graduation, “You are no longer the person you arrived as, you have been reborn into United States Coast Guardsmen”. Even though we are far from graduation the changes that have taken place in your son or daughter are becoming undeniably apparent. Our mind sets are beginning to change from viewing the company as a group of individuals to a single entity that succeeds or fails as one. The days of only looking out for ourselves are long over. We learned that through countless failed time objectives when only 1 or 2 of us were late because they had to make their rack alone or they couldn’t get their locks to open. These days we are seen folding each other’s clothes, inspecting each other’s uniforms, quizzing each other on required knowledge and motivating each other to push the deck a little harder and sound off a little louder.

There have also been many physical changes as well. Many of us arrived to boot camp soft, weak or feeble in our bodies. Thanks to our Company Commanders and our own inability to meet time objectives we’re slowly being carved into toned, hardened, physically fit recruits. Some of us have shed 10 pounds of fat others have gained 10 pounds of muscle, many I am sure have done both.

I’m sure many of you knew your son or daughter to like to sleep in until 10am or noon, but now we are up, dressed and ready to step off every day at 0545. Many of you remember your son or daughter taking half hour long showers or not folding laundry, but now we are showered in 10 minutes flat and everything they own is folded and put away properly down to the inch.

All of these things are a part of the process, a part of the journey that is Coast Guard basic training. We are halfway completed since most of us passed the midterm Friday and Golf-190 will continue to learn from our mistakes and become a more unified company until we are all completely reborn into United States Coast Guardsmen!!!

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.