Golf 193 Recruit Journal Week 05

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Golf 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: July 26, 2016

Graduates: September 16, 2016


WK 05 Summary


It’s safe to say that there are some shipmates I honestly don’t know just by looking at them without a name across their chest. That’s because they don’t cause problems. Then there are the ones that we knew within the first day of arriving here because they are a mess….. And they still are. We did lose 04 more shipmates today. I think that it would be easier to say what was right today with our “inspection ready” (or not even close to ready) uniforms that to state what’s wrong with them. Not everyone was able to make it to formation on time (classic Golf-193), so we were late, even though we had ample time to get ready. Also, it’s week 05 and some folks still can’t even speak correctly which is ironic because some of shipmates can’t seem to keep their mouths closed. Records of counseling were passed out like 05 minutes of free Japanese massages at the mall tonight. Our hard working Yeoman definitely have their work cut out for them tonight.

We got the pleasure of packing everything we possessed into our seabags and walking (not marching) back to Sexton Hall because that’s where recruits that act like us belong. It was not a good time. When we got back to James Hall we were graciously given 45 minutes to unpack and put it all back. Of course one of the squad bays claims to have been unaware of a time objective, so we were late (well, they were late but as a company we were late and everything that we do should be as a team) so we sweat.

Today actually went by quickly, thank god. I’m sure for two shipmates who were “Assassinated” by Petty Officer Karpf on the quarter deck tonight thought differently though.

We were all reminded of one very simple thing this evening. “Don’t forget to square your corners on the Quarter Deck shipmates.”


Well today wasn’t the worst day in training. Having a pretty busy schedule plays a part in that but still, its progress. The morning started out pretty rough, but we straightened ourselves out afterwards. Because of incidents yesterday with recruits no longer with us, our quarter deck is fashioned with toilet paper rope creating a traffic pattern. It’s pretty dang creative.

We got our dress uniforms today, which was an all morning process. It was a nice break away from the same stuff we do every day, but it was a junior version of change-in-change-out trying to get the uniforms to fit properly.

Exactly 04 weeks ago we arrived, which is a long time to go without having a normal conversation and keeping our eyes in a non-existing boat. The new company arrived tonight. Every Tuesday night there’s another new company that will be looking up to us and observing the way we march, how fast we move, how loud we are, and basically taking note of our every movement. The standard for us gets higher and higher and the number of recruits that can meet that standard have decreased daily. We lost another 02 shipmates today and this is just the beginning. It’s a huge amount of pressure because no one is safe. It doesn’t matter how good you’ve been before, it seems that if you do stupid things, you can do them in another company. You’ve got to be aware of your every move; you’ve got to have your shipmates back and they’ve got to have yours.

Letters from home are some of the best things here in recruit training. We always look forward to mail time and finding out about the outside world, knowing our family and friends didn’t forget about us and just being able to escape for a few minutes.

While standing in formation today waiting to go in the galley, we heard Foxtrot’s Company Commanders say that we looked good! We then heard Petty Officer Karpf say that there’s still hope for us. It was an enlightening moment for those of us that heard it. Today was somewhat pleasant, we can only hope for the same tomorrow.


With the exception of a few little mishaps, today was pretty decent. Week 05 has surprisingly been way better than we all anticipated. At least when we screwed up today, we all screwed up together, it was a team effort. The Coast Guard is all about teamwork so at least we screwed up right… If there is such a thing.

We were away from the house for about 12 consecutive hours today which definitely plays a factor in making a good day. As a recent college graduate I never thought I’d say that attending classes is one of my top five things I look forward to most everyday but it is. Not only does going to class get us away from the house, but we actually get to learn all about everything Coast Guard related. Today one of our classes was on small boat crews and another was about benefits we gain with our Military ID cards. One of our classes was at Seamanship which are the best classes because they are mostly hands on. Today it was on Personal Flotation Devices. We were taught how to properly store them and wear them and completed a team activity where we had to construct a boat out of them and hire a crew to act out the duties of a small boat crew, complete with a fog light. We all worked together to meet our time objectives on donning our PFD’s. It takes only seconds for a vessel to sink so we have to be prepared for that.

The last hours of daylight were spent in another classroom learning about the history of the Coast Guard, which it seemed like the entire company was really into. The Coast Guard certainly does some cool stuff. Learning about all we as an organization have done in the past and what we currently do seemed to have sparked a little more motivation in us.

We ended the evening by literally marching while the sun set. It was the most perfect moment since we’ve been here. There’s just something about being on the regiment in uniform as a company marching to the cadence of Petty Officer Bennett and being the only company out there was so serene. The weather was cool and breezy and the sunset was just perfect. Marching past Sexton Hall would have been the only thing that would have made it better. Ever since Petty Officer Karpf made us pack all our belonging into our sea bag the other day and marched us to Sexton Hall- where this whole adventure began- and gave us a whole speech on being a disappointment but yet telling us that we can still get it together, Sexton Hall has been a little token reminder to get it straight.


The American Red Cross came today for the blood drive. Since recruits are still sick we all couldn’t donate. It’s so funny to see how excited recruits get (well you can’t see it because emotions are contraband here in training, but you can feel the vibe) to do something out of the ordinary here. Even if it means getting stabbed with needles and bleeding for the next hour.

Chow is probably the best part of everyday. The food here is pretty good. The galley can be a tricky place because obviously it’s great because of food, but it’s also like a Company Commander hang out where they just wait to attack every recruit that passes. As long as you keep yourself together and know you’re require knowledge you’re probably fine…. But no one is safe here. The galley is like playing Frogger. You try so hard just to get to cross the street (or get to your table) without dying. Seems simple, but you can still get hit by a truck or stopped by a Company Commander and not make it successfully. The galley is the best and worst place here.

The next few days should be exciting; hopefully we can earn our orders soon. Maybe knowing where we are going will help us pull ourselves together. It feels like we have made huge progress this week. You just can’t make it though recruit training as an individual.


Our Section Commander showed up today for a surprise rack inspection. Some of our shipmates got reverted and many of them got put on probation all because they didn’t keep their rack inspection ready. And now for the good news…. We got our ORDERS TODAY!! It was so exciting to hear where we are going and where our shipmates will be going. According to our Company Commanders we actually got some pretty good units. I guess there is a little bit of sunshine for Golf-193 after all. Because we got our orders today we each got to make a 5 min. phone call home. It was by far the best part since we’ve been here.

We also had a practice Close Order Drill test today, which we failed then, got beat. The thing is, all you have to be doing is just pay attention 100% of the time. Hours were spent working on Manual of Arms which was good because we really need the practice. Hopefully we all start really getting ourselves together because we are almost a week 06 company, a Senior Company at that. Petty Officer Karpf said today that he won’t just have us write trackers anymore for making junior week mistakes; he will just make us sweat. After what we saw that other night, that sounds terrible.


This morning was a good morning. We got the opportunity to face the Confidence Course as a company with all four Company Commanders and our mentors. The entire company (except for the broken people and those on probation) took on the challenge like little ninja recruits warriors… and it was pretty awesome. You’re only born with two natural fears- the fear of loud noises and the fear of falling. I was unaware that I even had a fear of falling, but I do apparently. Every recruit got to support each other today which definitely brought us closer together as a company. Some were able to fly through the confidence course with no trouble, others needed some assistance, most of which was provided by our Company Commanders. Before we got to try it out for ourselves, they demonstrated each part so we had less chance of dying or breaking. That was nice of them. I think the entire company thoroughly enjoyed the Petty Officer Howell was demonstrating on the “Vertically Challenged” portion of the course, I know the rest of the Company Commanders did. Most of us have never had the opportunity to do something like this so it was a struggle for some. Petty Officer Howell was kind of the buzz of the company today with the way he was so encouraging and supportive. Instead of all the yelling, we were encouraged and instructed on how to do whatever we were supposed to do.

It has been an interesting week, with getting our orders, calling home, and watching all the sweat be produced by recruits that aren’t meeting the standard. I definitely saw us coming together more as a company this week. And while many of us have gotten more trackers and IT than usual, it’s because the standards are increasing and our Company Commanders just want us to get better. Week 06 is upon us and hopefully we keep the doing the right things.


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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