Golf 193 Recruit Journal Week 8 (Final Post)

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Golf 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: July 26, 2016

Graduates: September 16, 2016

Coast Guard Recruit Company Golf 193 Graduation Program


The past 08 weeks were some of the longest days and shortest weeks of our lives. We have been broken down from civilian and built back up into a productive member of the United States Coast Guard. The hours we have spent sweating on the quarterdeck playing games of change-in-change-out, holding up our pieces (the worst one for those of us with short arms), filling our canteens to the tippy top and holding them straight out in front of us, reading stories about self-discipline from the notorious Coast Guard Manual, passing our full seabags, and the numerous other activities our company commanders planned for us are simply incalculable. In the moments we were enduring the pure hell that recruit training can be, we were blind to the purpose and the reasoning behind the task at hand (or in hand because we were probably holding something straight out in front of us), but now that we have nearly completed our 08 week journey, we are able to step back and have some perspective on everything we have done and why we were doing it. We used to march around the regiment with our hands in our pockets and chins to our chest saying “we’re week 04, we don’t care” and now we march around the regiment with our heads held high and our backs straight singing our cadence with our company commanders. In the past 08 weeks we have lost some of our shipmates and we have gained new shipmates that we now call our Coast Guard family. Now that we have just a couple days until we are no longer E-1s, we have all been able to laugh at the petty disagreements we would have and look beyond our differences and work together as a team. It has definitely not been easy, but it 110% without a doubt has been worth it. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that Golf-193 is ready to face the challenges and overcome any obstacles in the fleet and serve our country proudly. We’re off to the fleet, goodbye Cape May. Mission complete, Petty Officer Karpf!


~SR Hartman




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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