Golf 197 Recruit Journal Week 02

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Golf 197 Recruit Journal

Formed: Mar 12, 2019

Graduates: May 03, 2019


Graduation Program: Posted Thursday afternoon: Week 7 Blog

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Week Ø2 Entry


March 15, 2019 was a life changing day for all recruits of Golf-197. That was the day the company finally got to meet their Company Commanders; Petty Officer Wilderman, Petty Officer Bucaneg, Petty Officer Lake, and Petty Officer Alvino. These are the people who, for many of us, will be some of the biggest influences in our lives.


It all started with Golf-197 sitting quietly in Sexton Hall. The room was so silent you could hear the hearts of each recruit pounding through their chest like a set of drums. The company had just finished going through “Forming” week; receiving their shots, and taking the physical fitness test that we had to pass before we could even start training. The company also had Chief Lynch, the Section Commander for Sexton Hall, give us a motivational speech prior to Golf-197 officially beginning our training. This speech left the recruits feeling inspired, but naturally nervous for what was coming.


“ATTENTION ON DECK!” was yelled and immediately everyone stood up in the position of attention, fists clenching to our sides and our bodies stiff as a rock. The minute we were told to be seated, Golf-197 Company Commanders marched to the front of the room. As they said their oath, right in front of us, everyone was left with their stomachs turning upside down. It was almost like a light switch turned on because as soon as Petty Officer Wilderman, our Lead Company Commander, was done with his speech, everything got real! Orders were being yelled left and right, the recruits trying their best to hold it together. The whole day was filled with rigorous sweat sessions which is something the company is not used to. Our company Commanders let it be known immediately to be loud and be fast. Those are the two most important things to achieve early while in training. Unfortunately, the whole day Golf-197 failed to meet any time objectives which meant one thing…sweat.


Golf-197’s first week of recruit training was a huge learning week. The company was constantly given simple tasks and time objectives. Failing so many ultimately left the company feeling defeated. “MISSION FAILED, PETTY OFFICER WILDERMAN!” became a common response to any head and water break, shower time, or fire drill. The morale of the company hit an all-time low but this only makes Golf-197 try even harder to prove to our Company Commanders we are capable of becoming Coast Guardsmen.


During this week, Golf-197 received our M-16A2 rifles, otherwise known as a “piece” to recruits. This was an exciting moment for the company but quickly turned into a sweaty mess. The Company Commanders did not hesitate to include them into the sweat sessions, making it even more difficult. Despite it all, the recruits are already getting stronger and pushing themselves more than they did on day one. The company also had a full week of classes. Recruits get bombarded with required knowledge questions and questions about classes we’ve attended. Most recruits are not used to being yelled at with questions and having to yell back the answer despite the anxiety and stress being felt. Although it takes some getting used to, this is all for a reason. Petty Officer Wilderman tells us there’s a reason we need to be loud, quick, and work together. The United States Coast Guard saves lives, Coast Guardsmen do it every day without hesitation. This is what our Lead Company Commander, Petty Officer Wilderman, and Assistant Company Commanders, Petty Officer Bucaneg, Petty Officer Lake, and Petty Officer Alvino are trying to instill in us, a sense of urgency.


Through all the pain, sweat, and tears, Golf-197 needs to remember the reason they joined and how all this is going to help them get there. The road ahead is not an easy one but it is going to be one that changes our lives forever.



SR Harris, S. D.

Golf-197 Historian


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.