Golf 192 Recruit Journal Week 04

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Golf 192 Recruit Journal

Formed: December 1, 2015

Graduates: January 22, 2016


Week 04 was full of changes for Golf Company. We’ve tried changing our attitude, our mentality on time objectives, and our will to learn (most of the time). Heck, we are even thinking of changing our name.


With the company wrapping up their week 04, we have become somewhat of an overflow for the recruits that aren’t ready to move forward with the other previous companies. Golf currently has 71 attached but a number of gains. Being a former FOXTROT recruit myself, I found it very notable when Chief Reid said “I’m just going to call you GOLFTROT”. Talking to the whole company. It’s now up to us to decide if we, as former Foxtrot recruits want to help our new company by showing what we know and leading by example, or if we want to drag the company down by displaying bad attitudes towards the company, or just feeling sorry for ourselves. The choice is ours.


At the beginning of the week, it looked like all the revertees already had the right idea, as several of the company jobs were being held by them. From Yeoman, squad leader and watch coordinator. But in a matter of days, several were removed from those leadership positions for foolish acts. There is still a chance for the Foxtrot recruits to find their place in Golf.


As for the rest of the company, we haven’t really found our identity. GOLF can perform really well for a large portion of the day, and then mess it up. There is no rhyme or rhythm to it, we just do well when we feel like it and don’t when we don’t. I’d love to say “there’s just a handful holding us back.” But that’s just not the case- we just haven’t clicked yet.


GOLF enjoyed some time away from training for Christmas, but it is time to get focused on training again.


It soon became apparent GOLF might have enjoyed too many cookies, candy and cake. We were sluggish most of the day and did not meet time objectives. It did not take us long to learn that there would be consequences in the form of pain and sweat. MK2 Howell, SK2 Botts and OS2 Babot all had plenty of remedial training for GOLF to complete. The majority of GOLF pushed through their aches and exhaustion to complete the sessions loud and proud.


We completed the physical fitness test as well. If anyone was like me, they were not on top of their game. Operation Fireside’s after effects were still being felt. I am sure none of us set any records, but we pushed ourselves to finish strong.


For many of us, it was our first Christmas away from family. But I was never away from my family at all. My Coast Guard family has been with me all along.

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.