Golf 193 Recruit Journal Week 04

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Golf 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: July 26, 2016

Graduates: September 16, 2016



You know when you were a kid and you really made your mom mad and she let you know the entire day by her, “I don’t care about your problems because you brought them onto yourself attitude?” that was the vibe today here. And it was zero fun.

I never thought I’d say this but I think we actually prefer the yelling and screaming and degrading over the “Well Golf-193 does what they want, so we are not going to even try with them anymore” attitude from our company commanders. Today honestly felt unproductive because we didn’t really work on anything; we didn’t learn anything outside of classes nor did we improve anything we already know. Our company totally brought it on ourselves, so we can’t even say it’s unfair. This is a lesson, just like everything else here. This lesson just sucked more than holding a full canteen.

Besides slouching around the regiment saying “We’re week four, we don’t care” everywhere we went, we started the firefighting unit in seamanship training today. We spent the morning learning terminology and different types of fires and extinguishers, which was another death by PowerPoint, but this upcoming week should be exciting. We also had a class on housing and the options we have (or don’t depending on your assignment.) and we got to see pictures of housing inside actual cutters. It was pretty exciting to learn about because it just made the end of boot camp and the beginning of our careers much more tangible. Afterwards we had our Enlisted Careers class where we learned about the different rates or jobs we could have after attending that specific “A” school. It was really cool learning about the goals and aspirations of my shipmates. We’ve been together since 26July and we know almost nothing about each other since this is boot camp not summer camp.

Our individual photos were taken today! Which may have been more exciting if we weren’t getting beatings all day for sucking so bad in week 04. It’s just another step closer to graduation However. After pictures we got to come back to the house and hold up some more canteens.



We’re exactly one month from graduation but I can tell you right now that about 40% of this company does not deserve to graduate. We are literally told exactly what we’re supposed to do and how to do it, hell there are even pictures to go with our instructions. Sounds simple…. because it is! I normally look forward to writing every night but not today. There’s nothing new to report. As a company we suck. And those STILL denying it are the problem. The same 10 names get called every day for the same stupid stuff and the entire company is still paying for their lack of self discipline. It’s pretty obvious who wants to be here and want to graduate on 16SEP16. Yesterday sucked. Today sucked. Tomorrow better not suck, but based on our track record, it will. We have rack inspections tomorrow. Maybe that’ll be successful, but probably not.



The day was actually pretty decent, maybe because we were split up most of the day. We took our physical fitness assessment today- sit-ups, pushups, 1.5 mile run. Our company commanders were helping keep track of our run times and counting sit ups and pushups and everyone agreed it was pretty awkward. Can’t exactly pinpoint why, but it was kind of like seeing one of your teachers outside of school. Since we didn’t spend much time sweating today, we got to do other stuff like manual of arms. Good behavior and discipline earns you evening routine. No discipline and not following orders gets you hours of sweat. Taking responsibility for your actions and having integrity can sometimes be a difficult task but sometimes the right thing and doing the most difficult thing are the same?



Our Lead Company Commander, Petty Officer Karpf is probably the fairest person here. He constantly reminds us that we get what we deserve, whether that’s evening routine or hours of sweat in week 04. Petty Officer Bennett is the “lifeguard figure.” He’s always watching and observing every move and knows what’s going on at all times. He tends to pop out of nowhere, snap and point his finger, and call out like 10 people for trackers. And then another 03 minutes later he comes out of nowhere again and distributes another 10 trackers. “Hey you, tracker” can be heard about every 05 minutes from him. We really do have a strong team of company commanders, even if we don’t think that 15 minutes into holding up our pieces.



It’s safe to say that the entire company is so done with sweating for the lack of self discipline from the some handful of individuals. We were given thirty whole minutes to practice our manual of arms, which will determine if we get liberty or not based on our company test (kind of a big deal) and our shipmate decides he wants to joke around and not practice leading the company to get “fire, fire, fire” and lose 10 minutes of practice time. Midterm exams were taken today. Most of us did pretty well, but some still failed. They get to retake tomorrow and we all wish them well, but if they don’t pass they go bye-bye.



It’s been an odd day of rewards and sweat. I don’t even know what happened today. In the galley we had multiple shipmates that couldn’t keep their eyes in the boat. You literally have nothing to do but look straight ahead. It requires zero effort. So we got to go back to the house and play “eyes in the boat” games. Then we had some shipmates that decided to leisurely walk and talk in formation. So we sweat for that. We hear all the time to “do the right thing because it’s the right thing to do” and “if you’re not part of the solution, then you’re part of the problem.” I guess the things our company commanders tell us don’t mean anything to our shipmates. We got to practice marching but we also got to “single file it back” too. Petty Officer Karpf told us we still suck, but not as much (“compliment”). It’s frustrating for us, and I’m sure it is for our Company Commanders too. Recruit training is easy. Just follow orders, be loud, be fast, be on time, and keep your eyes in the boat. It’s simple…or so it should be.


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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