Golf 195 Recruit Journal Week 02

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Golf 195 Recruit Journal

Formed: Oct. 17, 2017

Graduates: Dec. 8, 2017

Week 02 was a tough one for G-195. This week was the first real week of training and anything that could have went wrong, went wrong. From not making time objective, not sounding off, not knowing required knowledge, but that is expected from kids who haven’t been away from mom and dad for more than a week, so the nerves hit G-195 hard.

In between G-195 mistakes and errors the company did begin its process into becoming Coast Guard men and woman. The company has begun learning to march, basic firearms competency and discipline. Discipline as the company has learned is the core for which all competencies in the military come from. Learning it is a process, and not taught easily. All of our company commanders have made sure of that. Some such lessons of discipline from Petty Officer Placencia may seems strange but are very effective in ensuring recruits don’t make the same mistakes again. From turning unfolded socks into sock puppets to turning into a dinosaur who can’t reach their thumbs to their trouser seams.

Outside of learning self discipline from our Company Commanders, Golf-195 has learned a lot in a small amount of time. We learned how to survive in the water when in big groups, we had our swim assessment, and we all gave our best impressions of lance Armstrong when we had our first spin class. Not everything in boot camp is physical though. We have learned about family resources that are available to us. We have learned about rates and ranks, and how to properly address and salute those rates and ranks.

Overall, the beginning of boot camp has been difficult. To quote our helmsman, “Your Company Commanders will be one of the biggest influences over the next eight weeks.” Our company commanders Petty Officer Passmore, Petty Officer Placencia, Petty Officer Lora, and Petty Officer Resto are unrelenting and demanding of our improvement. Nothing about this process has been fun or enjoyable, but that’s how it’s supposed to be in order for G-195 to reach its full potential. We must be broken down and built back up to the Coast Guardsman we can be!

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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