Golf 197 Recruit Journal Week 05

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Golf 197 Recruit Journal

Formed: Mar 12, 2019

Graduates: May 03, 2019



Week Ø5 Entry


Week 5 was one for the books. Golf-197 has had some breakthroughs and some break downs this week. The beginning of the week was not looking promising. The break downs were bringing recruits down mentally. We knew this week was going to be intense but we weren’t ready. “Search and Rescue” week had us changing into uniforms rapid fast and running to the galley. This was to train the company to be ready for a search and rescue call that could happen at any time in the fleet. We will have people’s lives in our hands and if we can’t change into the uniform of the day and sprint to the pier to get them quickly, then we don’t deserve to be here. Once we started to get the hang of search and rescue week, things started to look up.


Our Lead Company Commander had us form up outside. Just as we thought that we were about to have a sweat session…all the Company Commanders were dressed in their Tropical Blue dress uniform. We knew something was about to happen. We marched to the regimental flag pole where there stood a giant bell in front of us. At this time we found out our orders. The first place we get to serve our country. The anxiety was strong as Petty Officer Wilderman called recruits up one by one. Proud and excited, we each rang the bell and screamed where we were going after boot camp. We have anticipated this day for a long time now. With this exciting news comes a lot of stress. Some recruits are now moving families, some are required to find their own housing and some are just plain scared to be out on their own. As the weeks go by, the details will be taken care of but until then we are nervous!


A relief in the week was getting to take part in an off base volunteer event. Petty Officer Wilderman took us to a local Nature Center to help the community in their annual spring cleaning. It was a nice little break from training that we all needed. Having our Company Commander show us the importance of volunteering in the community was awesome. Volunteering your time is important, and being recruits in boot camp, we were very lucky to be a part of the community involvement.


Just as the week is coming to an end we see “Confidence Course” on the schedule. Golf-197 knew what this was. It is the giant obstacle course we see as we run around the track. As we approached this intimidating course of insane obstacles, we all looked at each other with concern. The company Commanders showed us how to complete the course and off we went. This was the first time we were allowed to cheer each other on. We finally felt like a team. Hearing the Company root for each other to face these extreme challenges was something to see. Having a moment of team culture was what Golf-197 needed. Our Company Commanders took a break from screaming to give us the encouragement and guidance needed to complete each portion of the course. You can’t help but respect them even more than we did before. We started off with uneasy thoughts about the confidence course but in the end it was everything Golf-197 needed. Hearing people scream “COAST GUARD!” as they completed each station was so inspiring.


We are all in this struggle together and the only way out is to do this together. By giving 120% and working as a team, we will all conquer the challenge of becoming part of the world’s best Coast Guard!


SR Kolodziej, C. R.

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.