Golf 197 Recruit Journal Week 06

International Maritime Signal Flag Golf

Golf 197 Recruit Journal

Formed: Mar 12, 2019

Graduates: May 03, 2019


Week 06 has been one heck of a ride! It has been for sure the busiest one to date. We finally had our marksmanship class which every recruit has been waiting for. Our company was split up this week, odd roster order numbers in the starboard section and even numbers in the port section. While one section went to the range the other section stayed on the regiment either in class or taking advantage of administration time. Two days later we swapped spots. Going to the range and getting the opportunity to shoot was exhilarating and truly was a nice break from being on the regiment because we traveled by bus to the range that was located in Atlantic City. Our Company marksmanship average was an 85%, which was good enough to earn the marksmanship pennant for our guidon. Unfortunately, we have yet to earn our colors (GOLF flag) so the pennant didn’t have a home. We also earned the Physical Fitness pennant for have a 100% passing rate, every single recruit in Golf passed the physical fitness test, which we can all thank our Company Commanders. They are the ones that have pushed us to our limits every single day for the past 06 weeks. Today was a day where it felt all 6 weeks of sweat squeezed into 06 long hours. We all woke up excited knowing that we would be able to speak to our family and friends during our on base liberty. But oh did our Company Commanders have a totally different plan. From 0530-1100 All Golf did was sweat (ate chow somewhere in there). GM1 Wilderman, MK1 Bucaneg, BM1 Lake and YN2 Alvino were all here to join in on the sweat games. Each one of them had their own way of collecting sweat. These sweat session were the hardest we have experienced since getting of that bus 06 weeks ago. We did everything from holding full canteens over our heads to running outside to meet a time objective. Each incentive training session was harder than the previous one, but we did not give up. Sweat dripping down our faces, uniforms drenched in sweat. No matter how tired we were, we continued to scream as loud as humanly possible. As the sweat sessions neared the end, our Lead Company Commander, GM1 Wilderman played an audio radio recording of a “MAYDAY” call of a vessel calling the Coast Guard because their vessel was sinking. Once the radio call went silent Petty Officer Wilderman told us the family that called in distress did not make it, he said that is what happens when you get complacent, don’t move fast, and when you don’t do your job. People die. This made us scream louder and work even harder. We have no room to be tired in times like that. We were then taken back outside for one more IT session with our M-16s. At the end of the session we were give the command to turn around. And there is was, our guidon stabbed in to the middle of the parade field and flying from it was our Colors along with all the pennants we had earned. Golf-197 has earned their colors. Our Company Commanders have noticed a growth in us, and how we have come together to work as a team. We rushed toward our colors and started yelling our the Coast Guard Ethos. To top it all off, Foxtrot-197 is out in the fleet now, we are now the senior company on the regiment. Combine that with us getting our colors and our Golf rucksack patches shows us how far we have come. 2 more weeks of training and then we are our on our way to join the fleet. There is no doubt that by the end of 08 weeks our Company Commander’s will have prepared us for what the Coast Guard has in store for us after graduation! We will be ready to go!


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.