Golf 194 Recruit Journal Week 02

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Golf 194 Recruit Journal

Formed: March 21, 2017

Graduates: May 12, 2017


Golf–194 had one of the toughest weeks of our adult lives. From constant yelling, incentive training, sickness, sleep deprivation, and semi permanent brain damage due to the amount of knowledge we are expected to remember and utilize. Although we have been broken down, GOLF–194 is not broken we are resilient we take or punches and keep on rolling. Throughout the week, our incentive training has steadily increased. Sunday we could only do 20 push-ups and five days later we can do upwards of 60. We get a lot of practice. The week was filled with interesting classes. We learned everything from how to deter terrorist actions to our core values of honor, respect and devotion to duty. The longer we remain in Cape May at Coast Guard basic training the more we realize that honor and integrity is critical to becoming a Working member of the United States Coast Guard.


For those who are wondering how the chow is here I would say it is surprisingly good. There is always delicious wholesome meals prepared for breakfast lunch and dinner. In the 10 to 15 minutes we get to eat each meal we eat like kings and queens. But chow also has its downside as it can be stressful. Our Company Commanders(Chief Wheeley, Chief Grote, Petty Officer Allen and Petty officer Ventura) love to ask us require knowledge questions to pass by and put away our trays. Today’s brain buster was “what’s the Training Duty Officer’s cell phone number?” It would be safe to say that GOLF-194 had no clue what the phone number was, so back to Munro Hall we marched to sweat. Marching is harder than we thought; there are many commands that take countless hours to commit to memory. So we’re still working on that. Military bearing is being drilled into us 24 seven. Don’t touch our faces, keep our heels together feet forming a 45° angle, thumbs along your trouser seems and hands and a tight fist. This is important as it distinguishes us as disciplined recruits. Discipline has been a major focus in weak 02. Golf-194 has not yet been able to come together as a team. We don’t meet any of our time objectives because we are not effectively working together. When we don’t meet time objectives we play wonderful games. Games like Fire! Fire! Fire!, which consists of getting out of the building as quickly and safely as possible just in time to find some real-estate on the concrete surface surrounding our building and proceed to do push-ups, crunches, squats and flutter kicks until the entire company is smoked like pork.


We do get a chuckle every now and then that we try to hide, but we always get caught and then it’s time to sweat. We are trying our best. Those who truly want to be here have made themselves known. We understand that to survive Boot Camp you have to put in 110% or you will not make it. Families, we will try to write letters the first chance we get it, if you don’t hear from us don’t worry; our Company Commanders are taking good care of us! Send letters when you can we enjoy that!


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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