Golf 191 Recruit Journal Week 03

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Golf 191 Recruit Journal

Formed: April 28, 2015

Graduates: June 19, 2015



Week 03


So week 03 has come and gone. Where it went I couldn’t tell you. The days start early and run pretty late, but our weeks are flying by. This week we started seamanship classes so we are learning knots, parts of the line and what each one is used for. I personally enjoy the class and I think all my other shipmates do too. After learning knots the instructor had us do a competition to see who could tie the knot the fastest. I was away at medical when they were warning up, but once I walked back in the room everyone kept telling me how they expected me to win. I already knew all of the knots before I got here because I used to work on a boat, but I lost in the first round because my hand fumbled. It got pretty intense when it came down to the top 10. Everyone was cheering for their favorite shipmate or in the females case our squad leader. In the final 02everyone was quietly cheering and sitting on the edge of their seat, waiting, just waiting. The instructor paced the front with a smirk on the corner of this mouth as he noticed how much we were into his competition. As he paced the final two held the bitter ends of the line in their hands and reviewed all of the knots in their minds. The instructor finally declares “square knot, go”. The male starts to tie but, drops the bitter end as the female starts to tie the wrong knot. As she unties it the male recovers and finishes the knot. About 02 seconds later she gets hers done but it was already too late. Either way one of our shipmates won so hey, win, win.


Every time we go to seamanship class we have to raise the U.S. flag, P.O.W. flag, Coast Guard ensign, and our Golf company flag. It surprised me how many people never folded, raised, or lowered a flag before. I guess that will change soon in our colors class next week. Another spectacular part of seamanship is the helm simulator. It is basically a screen with one knob and some dials. You have to put on a headset, wait for the command, respond, react, and then confirm. So for example you would hear “helmsman, right standard rudder”. You would have to respond with “right standard rudder, aye aye” then move your knob until the dials line up where they need to be and then you would respond with “my rudder is right 20 degrees” and so on. Most people did pretty well and over 10 got 100! I feel I could have been one of those people as well had I not gone port when I should’ve gone starboard. Some shipmates still need to practice their seamanship and helm commands and others still need to work on basic things like marching or how to respond properly, which can make for some pretty good stories…


Earlier this week, when we were lined up in the squad-bay, one of my shipmates had to give an answer that he was not sure of. I don’t remember the exact words but it went something like this “Petty officer You, Seaman recruit Me, I believe we were told to do laundry tonight”. To which one of the assistant Company Commanders replied in a monotone and deadpan voice “I believe it can fly, I believe I can touch the sky, I think about it every night and day. Do you see where I am going with this because I believe a lot”! The amount of coughing that started was pretty noticeable and didn’t help most to cover their laughter. Every time our Company Commanders say stuff like that it takes everything I have not to laugh. Earlier this week in the gym during a cycling workout there were similar burst of “coughing”. The radio was on in the gym and everyone loved it. Well I was singing in my head and mouthing the words when the same Company Commander asked if I liked this song. He informed me that I was not at a karaoke bar and we pedaled on.


So, our bodies are overworked, our brains are in overdrive, and today the power was off on base. They were doing some type of maintenance and it made for an interesting day, especially when it came time to shower. Trying to coordinate where to put flashlights so everyone could see while in the shower could’ve been a team building exercise in itself.


All in all it was a good week. It flew by and hopefully it won’t be long before we are marching out onto the parade field ready to graduate. For now we are just taking every day from chow to chow and chow to chewy-bar. One meal at a time Golf, one meal at a time.

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