Golf 196 Recruit Journal Week 04

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Golf 196 Recruit Journal

Formed: Jun 19, 2018

Graduates: Aug 10, 2018


Week 04 Summary

Week 04 is officially in our rear view mirror. Overall, we’ve made leaps and bounds as a company, but still have so much to accomplish. For the most part, we all have absorbed the required knowledge and can recite it well….. But we know there is another rogue wave of information about to crash into us. This week was extremely busy for golf-196. Our mandatory classes consisted of fire safety, fire extinguishing, Firefighting, and Assignments. The firefighting practical was a smoking good time and gave us a good idea of what a fire could be like on a cutter. It is a possible life or death situation that requires teamwork and strategic firefighting techniques. Through the thick layer of smoke in Goff Hall’s wet room, a group of what appeared to be Elementary students on a field trip, had a look of horror on their faces. We all agreed that none of them looked like they were enjoying their time at training center Cape May…. We can relate. In all reality, however, things aren’t that terrible. Sure we get screamed at and yes we have our bad days, doesn’t everybody? The “in your face” screaming and endless incentive training sessions are making us tougher than a two dollar steak. Some of us handle the stress better than others, which is why the teamwork aspect of training in key. When one of us falls down, there has not been a lack of helping hands to pick that individual right back up. Also in the news this week, Golf-196 filled out their “Dream Sheets” for Assignments after basic training. This was exciting and motivational for everyone with that being said, we all understand that some of us may not like our assigned duty station but have a responsibility to serve. Week 04 has left us motivated, yet exhausted- both mentally and physically. The extra 30 minutes of sleep we get tonight couldn’t have come at a better time. None of us have ever been so excited to wake up at 0600 before. Our marching is starting to improve drastically. The swooshing sound of operation dress uniform trousers and distinct sound of our shined-up boots hitting the deck are growing more and more unified. While watching the company march from a distance, it’s clear to see how far we’ve come. Although we still aren’t fully developed as a company, we’re willing to bet our Company Commanders are proud of us…… even just a little bit. Week 05 will bring harrowing challenges with it, but we will never back down. This week will bring Leadership opportunities that will allow us to show our true colors. One step closer and always embracing the next challenge- That’s the GOLF-196 way.


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.