Golf 191 Recruit Journal Week 05

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Golf 191 Recruit Journal

Formed: April 28, 2015

Graduates: June 19, 2015


GOLF-191 Blog for Week Ø5


We are officially a senior company! We have made it past the halfway hump and have moved into Healy Hall, the senior company barracks. Now, we just have to continue to act like one. We got our orders this week, and the whole company is excited to tell everyone where they are going. Everyone is excited to get their careers started. Most of us were very excited right away, especially since we have some shipmates off to Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the Keys and some other nice vacation spots. However, others were less excited because it was not exactly where or what they wanted. Our mentors gave us information on our units, where they are located, the location itself, what to expect, what the unit does on a daily basis and other information, which helped those who did not like where they got stationed.

On top of us getting our orders we also got to do the Confidence Course. We got to relax a little bit and cheer on our shipmates, ensure we screamed louder than Foxtrot Company, who was cadence running on the track. I’ll be honest, between trying to balance on the split logs, crabwalk on the pipes, line climb, getting over the high wall and getting over the double parallel bars, I do not think we even noticed them. We were so focused on cheering and shouting for our shipmates. We represented Golf-191 the best way we know how by being loud and proud.

Our minds are focusing on getting to graduation since we are getting to do the things that senior companies get to do. We even put our Tropical Blue Long uniform on, which we will graduate in. We learned how to care for them, and some basics of how to wear them. Seeing everyone in them reminds you how far you have come, and how close you are to the end. It does not feel like it has been Ø5 weeks. We have learned helm commands, knots, how to do our travel to our first unit, personal floatation devices and what it is like being on a boat crew. Crazy how we learn so much in such a short time, and still are nervous about not knowing enough to be proficient in the fleet. We will be calling you all to let you know where we are going. There is so much more to learn and do before we leave, and much more we hope to accomplish.

We are aiming to get all of the streamers for our Company Colors, which we have not earned yet. One we do earn them then I am hoping we get all of the streamers that we can. As a company, we are becoming stronger together and trying to help those we can. Some anchors you cannot get off the bottom, but we are still driving on and giving it everything that we have. We will be ready for the fleet by the time we leave here. We will be the best that has graduated from Cape May. GOLF-191, OUT….until the next chow or chewy bar.


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.