Golf 194 Recruit Journal Week 06

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Golf 194 Recruit Journal

Formed: March 21, 2017

Graduates: May 12, 2017


It is safe to say or training process is getting tougher by the day and the steaks or raised higher and higher.


Week six held several surprises. The beginning of the week started out like any normal day at Training Center, Cape May. Get up, get ready, get loud, move fast, eat, class, eat, sweat, go to bed you get the picture! The company split again this week into port and starboard side. We had a full day of classroom at the gunners mate training and then followed up with a day at the range where we actually got to try and qualify for a pistol ribbon. Not everyone received the qualifying score but the company did earn the range pennant for our guidon. In addition we also had our first inspection in our tropical blue long uniform. This was for sure a highlight because it made us feel like we were actually transforming into Working members of the Coast Guard.

Wednesday was without question the highlight of the week. We finally earned our company colors. We were woken up at 0400, loaded all of our gear from our racks into our sea bag and marched down to the beach in the dark. We did not know what was going on. All of the sudden we were pushing the earth, screaming our faces off, listening to the roar of the waves crashing on the beach the feeling the sand between our fingers. When it was all over we were told to stand up and our Lead Company Commander welcomed us to our new office!! It was at that time our Company Commanders told us to turn around and there they were our company colors.

Thursday was a bit of a downer after all the hard work to earn our company colors a few shipmates seem to think Boot Camp was over boy were they mistaken. We did not even get through the morning meal before our company commanders look like their heads were about to explode from people not responding correctly, moving slow and a host of all other reasons. Needless to say by the time we got back to the squad bay after breakfast or colors did not even resemble the same that was flying from the guidon early Wednesday morning. But back to class we went to learn some more.

Friday was very motivating. We were able to assist in the graduation support for fox trot 194. This gave several of us a light at the end of the tunnel because now that they were graduating golf 194 is the senior company. It was nice to see so many civilians and to realize not everyone yells at you. Our company commanders reminder us after graduation that just because we are the senior company does not mean it gets easier everyone will be looking to us on how to act and carry themselves as aspiring Coast Guard men and women.

Tomorrow begins week seven we are in the homestretch. We can see the finish line off in the distance. It won’t be long now we will see you all soon. – Golf 194


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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