Golf 192 Recruit Journal Week 02

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International Maritime Signal Flag Golf


Golf 192 Recruit Journal

Formed: December 1, 2015

Graduates: January 22, 2016


“Sick and tired of being sick and tired”


The windows were sweating more than the recruits this past week, as the Company learns, memorizes and chanted the Coast Guard Core Values of “Honor, Respect and Devotion to Duty”. As the days of incentive training continued, the company Yeoman had to rewrite their rosters on the always foggy quarterdeck glass.


If we had to pick three details about this week to remember and avoid it would be “FIRE FIRE FIRE”, “MISSION FAILED” and “EYES IN THE BOAT”. Our Company Commanders never being satisfied with our time have taught us that we can and will need to improve ourselves in order to make it through Training Center Cape May. While only being in week 02, our minds still trying to adapt to the new changes of military customs.


So far we have learned to be courteous, how to acknowledge our superiors and be sure to greet them properly. As well as books worth of required knowledge we should have remembered from or learned the day before.


We learned a few science tricks from our Company Commanders. For example, it is possible to work hard until the glass sweats, sore muscles can be forced to push harder, waking up and getting dressed in 05 minutes makes the prior nights shower useless and holding up even the lightest items can lead to your arms collapsing at any moment.


That said, we are just beginning to understand why we have to go through all this incentive training, high speed education and constantly fearing the Company Commanders; we want to be United States Coast Guardsmen.


A Coastie does their best work when they are tired. A Coastie has to work faster than Mother Nature herself. A Coastie has to handle the pressures of a high stress incident. They need to push all our buttons now, so that we don’t get people hurt later.

Every task, even the most obscure ones has some type of meaning with an affliction to real life in being in the fleet. Whether it be the intense attention to detail, or the meticulous way of communication, all of which will benefit recruits in the line of duty.


As we all lay our heads down in our racks for the last day of the week, we are reminded by the last couple of days that we need to move faster and get a lot louder if we have any hope of avoiding more “mission failures” we just need to keep improving one day at a time and avoid page 200 like the plague. (The definition of discipline is great, but holding up the thousand page Coast Guard dictionary is killer.


Until next weekend. Golf Company Out.



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.