Golf 192 Recruit Journal Week 06

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Golf 192 Recruit Journal

Formed: December 1, 2015

Graduates: January 22, 2016

Week Ø6 was our first week in Healy Hall. We wanted nothing more than to move into the senior building, and once we got here we realized Healy Hall brought more pressure than glory. As awesome as it felt to be one of the top dogs on the regiment, it was just as stressful knowing we had to perform like such.

 

When we first got here, I think it was in the back of our minds that we kind of had boot camp wrapped up. That thought was quickly diluted with sweat! The only thing that got changed by the move to the senior building was the expectations that the rest of the regiment had for us.

 

The most noticeable expectation change was one of required knowledge. Our studying material nearly doubled! For some, this was no big deal, but for the ones that only study the bare minimum, adding so much more at once seemed nearly impossible. Like everything else we do, we were forced to do it as a team: helping each other and quizzing each other. For example, today the company was put on the spot! Knowing how bad the company has wanted/needed coffee, Chief Reid challenged someone to stand and sing our service song Semper Paratus. If we were able to produce the song, we would all be allowed a cup of Joe. A shipmate quickly stepped up to the plate, and recited it perfectly. His pitch was a little off, and he wouldn’t be winning on American Idol, but he was extremely loud. We as a company are currently crashing from this caffeine. Thank you shipmate- Thank you!

 

Another area we were forced to improve was our appearance. This week we learned the true meaning of “inspection ready at all times.” Passing uniform inspections before morning chow most days, and one before we were allowed to leave for the on-base liberty Saturday. We all learned how to perfect a uniform in less than five minutes.

 

Once Chief Reid thought we were ready, she took us out on the beach of windy Cape May for another life lesson- to remind us to never revert back to our old ways…. or so we thought. But halfway through our incentive training, we get the command “ABOUT FACE!” and we all turn around to see the one thing we desire most (even more than coffee) our colors! There it was, that beautiful blue and gold, flapping in the wind. Attached were all the pennants we’d earned throughout training. We were already a family, but with colors flying beside us everywhere we go, this family now has an official identity.

We are GOLF-192.

 

As I quote the Guidon bearer…”A much greater responsibility aside from the physical features, I felt the magnitude of it as soon as I picked it up. I felt the struggle, the pain, the pride, of all the GOLF companies before us; as well as the whole Coast Guard. Even though I can’t see it, I can feel the whole world looking at those colors when we march by.”

 

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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