Golf 194 Recruit Journal Weeks 03, 04, 05

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Golf 194 Recruit Journal

Formed: March 21, 2017

Graduates: May 12, 2017

 

Week 03

Well week 03 ended with a bang to say the least. It is the eve of weeks 04 and promises of the probation, rephasing and reversion that are soon to come. These are all promises that have been reiterated from day one by our Company Commanders. Today our lead Company Commander was stern when he lined us up on the concrete outside of our humble abode Munro Hall, while yelling at us to “push the earth” until recruits were shaking and letting out painful groans and ultimately collapsing on the cold bitter, unforgiving deck. Let’s just say the grass on the parade field got a sample of Golf-194’s evening meal.

Some recruits think the Company Commanders just like to see a sweat while others truly believe it’s just part of the program, but one thing is for sure the pain is memorable. However we get rewarded every once in a while and today our Company Commander’s took us to the track and showed us how to run in formation. Yes, just like you see in every military basic training movie ever made. Do not be fooled though it is definitely not as easy as it looks.

In other news throughout the week we learned more “sweet moves” with our M-16 rifle’s. We started learning about firefighting this week which is always important especially when it comes to protecting yourself when you’re the only one on the ocean. Just when we thought things were looking up towards the end of the week or Company Commanders made a super secret quiet surprise visit 15 minutes early to class and to no surprise caught everyone slacking and throwing military bearing to the wind. We paid for it in sweat. And I have a feeling tomorrow we’re going to “Liquidate some funds” for the back pay we owe.

Never knowing when you could slip up and be “done” as they like to say is the one part of basic training you never get used to. The most beautiful time of the day is in the morning when the sun is coming just over the horizon. We are almost halfway done the finish line seems so close yet so far away. As our Lead Company Commander says “allow your attitude to determine your altitude” this is just a small part of what can help you get through the day. Till next week this is golf 194.

Week 04

This marks the end of Week 04 for recruit company Golf-194. Our Company Commanders informed us at the end of indoctrination week that the real boot camp started. The same can be said for week 04. It marked the beginning of when recruits would actually be put on watch and possibly be reverted back a week (or two). Golf company also saw a very inspirational class given by our Company Commanders on commitment to the Coast Guard and talked about a very meaningful example of sacrifice through a presentation on the valiant deaths of Douglas Munro and Nathan Bruckenthal, may they rest in peace. We also took our individual photos wearing our dress uniforms so those will be nice to have for our loved ones.

Monday came as a shock to many. During afternoon chow about a dozen recruits were given the dreaded red belt to wear around their waste. This means that they have been placed on 05 days of probation which correlates into a lot of sweat and more face time with their Company Commanders all day long. If recruits on probation don’t fix the deficiency they get a one-way ticket to Hotel company.

Tuesday saw the official beginning of another…RAMP!! Also known as “Recruit Aptitude Motivational Program” . RAMP took about 6 of our shipmates to be watched over the “loving” and very “caring RAMP CC’s.

 

Wednesday started with our physical fitness test in which we have to pass to graduate. We also were able to start our firefighting practical, it goes without saying that many of us found it difficult to even operate with all the excess gear and SCBA’s on. Nevertheless it was just part of what we need to know to be prepared for the fleet.

 

On Thursday we were able to put in our selections or should I say requests for orders. This was a unique experience because it made a start feeling like we are becoming it working member of the United States Coast Guard.

 

Friday we were introduced to a Section Commander inspection of our squad bay. Needless to say when the Section Commander was done with the recruits and or squad bays it did not even resemble a place that you would want to rest your head at night. Also people were reverted on the spot for their infractions. I think everyone was on edge after that.

 

And then there were Saturday…ugh. It is apparent that our Company Commanders believe in the process and they will except nothing but the best. The weeks are getting tougher, but GOLF-194 is up for the challenge. Our Lead Company Commander has told us time and time again nothing less than perfection will be excepted. This is golf 194 See you in four weeks.

 

Week 5:

 

Week 05 has marked or transformation from crazy confused civilians into a halfway decent company there is so much to cover it’s mind-boggling so let’s start from the beginning.

 

Monday begin the first official day what is known as search and rescue week. Our day starts out by waking up at 0530, taking muster, shaving, getting in our uniform, making our rack and being across the base entering the chow hall at 0545. The goal is to instill a sense of urgency within us so that when we are in the fleet and the search and rescue alarm goes off we get up at a moment’s notice and get to our post. We did surprisingly well, only a few people were late. We also had our Battalion Commander inspection, learned how to talk on radios the correct way and practiced more manual of arms.

Tuesday and Wednesday we’re fairly interesting. We started to receive or dress uniforms and sending other dress uniform items to the tailor to have certain patches sewn on them. I don’t think I can express enough how cool of a feeling it was to start receiving more uniform items. We also got to provide feedback to the Company Commander School that was in session on how to better march us. Needless to say everybody was a little hesitant to provide feedback.

Thursday was pretty cool because we were able to work with the Red Cross. We were able to donate blood and be part of something bigger than just ourselves. It was overwhelming how many people in the company without question volunteered, it’s good to see sometimes at the core of every individual there’s the desire to do the right thing.

Friday marked arguably the best part of training so far. We were marched over to the regimental flagpole by or Company Commanders and our Lead CC read off or orders! (You Know the ones where we will be stationed should we graduate basic training). Although people did not receive their top picks it was very gratifying to know that there was a light at the end of this tunnel. Maybe it’s just me but everyone in the company started to stand a little taller.

As search and rescue weekends and we begin to ramp up for week 06 I can say morale is high. We are getting more confident and starting to become closer as a team. I’m also pleased to inform you that you will be receiving letters in the mail with all kinds of information about graduation. We lost a few more shipmates this week but only the strong survive 03 more weeks to go.

 

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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