Golf 192 Recruit Journal Week 5

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Golf 192 Recruit Journal

Formed: December 1, 2015

Graduates: January 22, 2016

 

Week 05 for Golf-192 can best be described as a climatic transitional period. That being said because the energy, the company has taken a brand new form. Something has been created we just don’t know it yet. It’s safe to say that no two days in bootcamp are the same. The obsessive focus on the present moment almost makes us all forget the days are passing. This is the reason that a change is taking place in all of us.

 

Weeks 01 through 04 were a very stressful handful of weeks. Golf-192 in its infant stages was being broken down and then built from the ground up. Nobody was used to the performance demanding atmosphere that encompassed us daily. Many of us wanted to quit, some of us did… Some of us gave up and some failed to perform to the rigorous standards of the United States Coast Guard. Now Golf-192 consists of half of the original company and half of new members, BUT we are only half way there. It’s interesting to take into account that we all came here as strangers, got drained into an empty shell of who we once thought we were and then filled up with the “Coast Guard” personalities we all know now. This is who we are now.

 

Where is Golf-192 now? We started off in the beginning of week 05 still as rough as ever. Then one day our Company Commanders let us march ourselves for the first time. During week 05 we have slowly been earning more personal responsibility, meaning we are being forced to be a more independent company. Because of this, we are all learning how to govern and lead ourselves with all the training from the previous weeks. We make many mistakes daily, but we learn as a company from each one of them. We make slight adjustments to our performance as well as behavior, and learn based off of the feedback of our Company Commanders. Sometimes it’s so easy to run on “autopilot” that you forget about the shipmates around you. That’s why this week we have been making an extended effort to police ourselves and the struggling shipmates who periodically need a helping hand. Bouncing off of each other like reflective mirrors; sometimes I wonder how we miss such obvious mistakes but that’s what we’re all here for.

 

We have a team all around us at all times and if each member pulls their weight then there’s no way we’ll let another one drown. We’ve broken out of our old shell (James Hall) through persistent correction of poor individual habits, leading t our new inhabitance, Healy Hall. It’s a brand new beginning for Golf-192 now. Brand new building, brand new individuals, and most importantly, a brand new team and the thing is… We’re only half way there.

 

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.

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