Golf 193 Recruit Journal Week 06

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Golf 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: July 26, 2016

Graduates: September 16, 2016



Golf 193- One step forward, three steps back. That’s pretty much how we function and it’s not okay. I honestly don’t know what the hell happened to us today. Both on our part and the fun we got to have tonight. The day was mentally exhausting and that turned into being physically exhausting too. We acted like complete brats today and deserved to be assassinated and have our bed bath and beyond time confiscated. I hope we all realize that we’re just wasting our time and our company commander’s time when we act crazy and have to sweat for it. It sucks to hear that you’re a disappointment, yet we’re really not taking the steps to fix that, Maybe today was just a bad day and the rest of the week will be better.


Most of the morning was spent cleaning, which is actually kind of enjoyable for most of us. Not only does it kill all of our germs, but it gives us time to work outside a little too by pulling weeds and trying to make it look like we have some pride in where we live. Welcome to Coast Guard basic training where a bunch of adolescents are excited to clean. Later in the evening, Petty Officer Karpf actually allowed us to go to the gym and “pump some iron” something we’ve been wanting to do since day one. But of course this is Golf-193 and we can’t have nice things because some of our shipmates decided to have personal conversations at the gym. Every day is new, so we get another chance to make us better. Today was better than yesterday, but we’re in week 06 and we’re still not where we should be. Golf-193 another week older and another week behind.


We did not completely suck today, so that’s pretty cool. We got to run a couple miles on the track during sunset. We were told that it’s pretty impressive that nobody tried to die during our run. Golf-193 was at least in the right direction on that today. Hour of powers are in full swing and they’re not the best time to be had here. Instead of getting our bed, bath, and beyond time, the recruits who earned themselves a slot in hour of power get to die on the quarterdeck while their shipmates who managed to avoid hour of power get some time to get themselves together. I know firsthand that it is way more fun getting to iron than holding things up on the quarterdeck.


The entire day was busy with back to back classes, recruits finalizing travel plans in the administration offices, and the starboard side going off base to the gun range all evening. We also took a little marching tour around the regiment since our company has graduation support. So now instead of being surrounded by the Friday shark tank, we are literally going to be submerged in it. Lord help us all.


We are all so glad today is over. Our company was assigned grad support, so we helped set up, tear down, and stood watches which had everyone stressed out. Its shark tank Friday and we were invited to go “hang out” in the tank. Today we all marched over to Sexton Hall to gather everyone’s phones for on base liberty tomorrow. Being in Sexton Hall up in the classroom sent us back to our first few days here. It seems like it was so long ago, but it was really only a few weeks. Just 06 weeks ago we were a bunch of strangers gathered here from all over the country getting screamed at for reasons we didn’t understand, in the past 06 weeks we’ve gained 30 new shipmates and lost 40 shipmates and have learned to come together as a team.


It was a pretty solid Saturday….thank you on base liberty! Today was weigh in day. However because of the weather we got to go to the exchange early today. I don’t think I’ve ever seen young adults so excited to buy candy before. I swear all looked like we were reenacting Charlie and the chocolate factory. How nice of our company commanders to weigh us in before we devoured our fat foods. All we have to do is get through this week, survive the next, and then that’s it. We are so close.


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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