Golf 196 Recruit Journal Week 05

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Golf 196 Recruit Journal

Formed: Jun 19, 2018

Graduates: Aug 10, 2018


Week 05 Summary

Week 05 had its fair share of highs and lows for GOLF-196. As we reach the end of another week and turn the page to a new one, we know that our chain of command expects so much more out of us as individuals and as a company. Our Company Commanders are firing up their rocket ship of required knowledge and it’s about to shoot off into outer space whether we’re aboard or not. During week 05 our minds were dazzled as we learned about Coast Guard history and Coast Guard legends. So many extraordinary people shaped the Coast Guard into what it is today. We’re flabbergasted that some Americans don’t even realize that the United Stated Coast Guard is a branch of the Military….. Its history as a service is extremely unique and GOLF-196 hopes to contribute to it one day. Other classes this week consisted of swim circuits, family benefits, financial management, and travel entitlements.

Earning our orders was by far the most exciting part of the week and was certainly the most enjoyable. All of us received great assignments and we are pumped to get out of here and get underway. After graduation, a select few will be staying near boot camp for a while as their new duty station will be across the street on the “fun” side. Until that day, however, we are still property of our Company Commanders and fight for every breath. Although there is a tendency to relax now that we know where we are going, we must lock it up and stay focused….They’re still cracking the whip. Today was probably the hardest of the entire week. Since we experienced inclement weather almost all day- most of our sweat sessions took place indoor. We packed like sardines around the quarterdeck around 0630 on this fine morning, screaming our faces off with full canteens held straight above our heads. The air in the room became thick with a layer of fog from our screaming and condensation formed on the portholes. The sweating continued the entire morning and before we knew it, we’d ruined our operation dress uniforms with sweat. A very welcome break came when we met with our company mentor who gave us lecturing and advice on what to expect at our new duty stations. We sat in class chilled to the bone from our uniforms being soaked in sweat. The squalls continued as we marched to the galley. Foul weather can stop us, it’s not in our job description. We are looking forward to week 06 and know 100% motivation and dedication at all times is mandatory.


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.