Golf 196 Recruit Journal Week 07

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Golf 196 Recruit Journal

Formed: Jun 19, 2018

Graduates: Aug 10, 2018



Graduation Program: Posted Thursday afternoon: Week 7 Blog

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Under the “Graduation Date” Tab you will be able to find the Graduation Program


To view the Graduation Live: Time: 1100 AM

The live stream of the graduations are viewed by going to the training center’s Facebook page at


*It should be noted that the live streams are a courtesy and not a guarantee. There could be technical issues or resource availability issues that would interfere with the stream. The live streams are not intended to be high definition productions of the graduation ceremonies.


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Week 07

Happy Birthday to the United States Coast Guard!! On this day in the year 1790, the revenue act was passed, sparking the birth of the United States of America’s greatest branch of its military. 228 years of Search and Rescue, Law Enforcement, Port and Waterway Security, Ice Breaking, Drug Interdiction (the list is endless) has proven to play a pivotal role in the overall well-being and defense of our great nation. Remarkably, some people mock Coasties, not even understanding our mission, history, or that we’re not a military service! That’s okay…..We’ll remember that when we’re scooping them out of the water!

For the Coast Guard’s birthday, a barbeque was set up out by the track for permanent party members along with various carnival events and the main event – A Chief versus Recruits kickball game. It is our belief that the game was rigged as we fell short of a victory by a narrow margin. Nonetheless, it was a great way to unwind and have a little bit of fun. The Commanding Officer of Training Center Cape May called some of us “Shipmate”, which really hit home for Golf Company. In less than one week, no matter our place on the Coast Guard’s totem pole, we become part of a family that disregards our own well-being to directly defend the United States of America from all enemies, foreign and domestic. Being the senior company on the regiment as of Friday afternoon brings with it a great responsibility. We might as well have a target on our backs for our Company Commander to seek out. Our new fancy covers scream out “Hey! I’m week 8 come scream at me!” Hopefully this doesn’t happen, but we are preparing for any required knowledge thrown our way so junior companies can look up to us.

There are so many great things that happened this week that a whole book could be written….Seamanship, Final Exam, and Section Commander Pennant being earned, meeting the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard and the most senior enlisted member of the military Sargent Major Troxell who is the Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Joint Chiefs, Signing our orders, the Force Readiness change of command ceremony, and a manual of arms/close order drill test. What a week. To finish off a memorable and hectic week, the entire battalion participated in a sunset parade in which our drill team, color guard, and band members performed. Our drill team had a masterpiece routine that stole the show. Their white gloves made flashing effects that wowed the audience. It makes us proud to know that although we are a fun-sized company of only 58 recruits, we are firing on all cylinders and can perform perfectly. This is an example of how there are no bystanders in Golf-196. We’re too short handed for that, everyone participates. Everyone chips in. Golf 196 has conquered week 07 like a gladiator and is ready for any test week 08 has to offer. Week 07 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.