Golf 196 Recruit Journal Week 03

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Golf 196 Recruit Journal

Formed: Jun 19, 2018

Graduates: Aug 10, 2018


Week 03 Summary-as week three draws to a close for golf 196, we reflect back on the crucial information and instruction we acquired this week. Topics such as knot tying, deck seamanship, helm commands, and parts of a line were thoroughly covered in the classroom this week, providing us with a strong foundation of knowledge that will allow us to excel as a company in the future weeks. Our goal as a company is to earn the seamanship pennant in week 07, which is awarded to a company that achieves a 93% or higher average on the seamanship tests. The hands on skills we learned this week, paired with code of conduct, leave and liberty, and other classes regarding ethics, are slowly but surely molding us into the individuals we need to be out in the fleet. As a company, we’re beginning to realize how much our company commanders care about our success. They’ve volunteered to train us 24/7 to ensure the standard is held high for us and that the Coast Guard remains an elite group of men and women. Training approximately 80 young men and women to work as a team requires quite a bit of incentive training. Golf 196’s marching skills are becoming noticeably better every time we march. Certain shipmates have been selected to march the company so we can march around the regiment as an independent, unified group in the coming weeks . marching plays a pivotal role in a company’s success at Training Center Cape May. There are eyes upon us wherever we go and as more companies arrive for training here, we want to be a good example for them. Golf 196’s guide on was straight out almost all day. We weren’t sure if it was because of the howling winds that whipped through the air or if it was from all the screaming; likely a combination of both. Our section commander lit a fire under us today which will certainly carry over for the next 5 weeks. We are slowly but surely beginning to to get the hang of squaring our lives away and packing an insane amount of knowledge in our heads. The trick is being able to recite it with a screaming company commander in your face. We realize that this battle we face is difficult because…”one of the hardest battles you’ll ever fight is the battle between who you are now, and who you want to be.” Week 03 complete.


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.