Golf 191 Recruit Journal Week 06


Golf 191 Recruit Journal

Formed: April 28, 2015

Graduates: June 19, 2015
Week Ø6 Blog for Golf-191


This week has been full of ups and downs, good times and bad times, smiles and disappointments. This week has been the highlight of our recruit training. The week where it all came together for us and made sense of why we did the things we did. This was a major turning point in recruit training, and will help us during our careers. We are all making contact with our units, planning our moves, looking for houses, learning what we will be doing at our units, which makes everyone stoked about what lies ahead for their careers.

This week has also become more relaxed due to us receiving Evening Routine. Our Company Commanders trust us, and allow us to have some time to ourselves, so we can get our stuff done. We are allowed to work on our racks, uniforms, marching, Manual of Arms with our M-16s, more time to shower, clean our living spaces and read/write mail. We have also been learning a lot in our classes this week. We had fire fighting class, which was pretty awesome. We dressed out in the fire fighting suits and put on the SCBAs. We went on air, and began fighting the fire with our mad skills. We looked legit, and it brought team work to the extreme. It was hot in the room, and the whole place was filled with smoke.

The biggest highlight of this week was not fire fighting, but something we all have been pushing and fighting for. Our company was doing Manual of Arms in the squad bay, it had been a fairly good day, when all of a sudden we hear “Fire Fire Fire.” We all mumbled and said “Not again! What did we do?!?” We flew out and got lined up in the Company Commander aisle outside. “Find some real estate!” flew out of their mouths, but nothing happened. It was odd because all three of our Company Commanders were here, which never happens unless we are big trouble, or something major is about to happen. So, they started double timing us in boots to the track area, and we fly right by. We hit this random back gutter road by the beach. You could hear the waves crashing, wind was blowing and the temp was a bit chilly. The skies were gray and looked as if a storm was approaching. We are hauling ourselves down this road until we get to the beach, and our Lead Company Commander halts us. He gave us 6Ø seconds to get to the water’s edge. We got so close that we almost got clobbered by a wave. Our Lead Company Commander started talking to us by telling us “This is your new office. Respect her, because if you do not then she will take your life. Do not abuse her, because she is unforgiving. Be cautious when you work with her, because she is known to create a fierce storm.” We stood their shoulder to shoulder cold and covered in sand. “I do not give you anything unless you earn it, do I Golf?” Everyone screamed, “No, Petty Officer Russell!”We turned around and there was our Colors posted up in the sand. “Go get ‘em!” he said. We charged the flag like a stampede of Wilder Beast. We grabbed them and started chanting and yelling. The best moment in recruit training for Golf Company!    Later in the week, we had Grad Support for Echo-191’s Graduation. That went well for us due to all of the “Big Wigs” that were here, and no one got jacked up. Today, Saturday, was an awesome day because we had a 5K cadence run at the local airport. It was a fundraiser for the local aviation museum in town. It was really caring, and a great expression of moral judgment. It was a side of our Lead Company Commander that we have not seen to much of. He seemed like he really cared to try to help this museum, and took a lot of pride of having us there with him. We ran great, and were loud!!! After we got back to the base, we had lunch then got ready for On-base Liberty. It was a great moment to connect with our family, friend, loved ones and each other. Some of the friendships we make here will last a lifetime.

So, like always….”Drive on, Golf!” Chow, chow, chow, 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.