Golf 197 Recruit Journal Week 07

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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 Ø7 Entry


It feels like yesterday that we were just starting week 07, now the week is coming to an end. This week has been jammed packed with preparation for graduation and finishing our tests. Today we were a part of Coast Guard history. The Enlisted Memorial Foundation had Golf-197 attend their dedication to their newly finished memorial. So many important people were on the regiment. A few weeks ago the company would have been terrified. Now that we are experienced, we were beyond excited. The commandant of the Coast Guard was in our presence and we got to sing “Semper Paratus”. Although we sang it rather fast, we were loud and we were proud. Proud to be a part of something as monumental as the senior company.


We have been preparing to finish our tests this week from our final to our Manual Of Arms test and Close Order Drill test. We had a lot to execute in such a quick week. These tests determine if we get off base liberty or not. Thankfully, we only made minimal mistakes, receiving a 9/10 for our MOA test and 10/10 for our COD test. Luckily, we were granted our off base liberty!


A huge milestone this week was that our Company Commanders did a personal de-brief with us individually with the company. We have also began to “turn off Recruit mode”. This is in fact the most terrifying thing you will encounter. At this point we are transitioning out of recruit mode and into “Non-Rate mode”. This morning at chow, Petty Officer Wilderman was sitting at the recruit’s table having a normal conversation. It’s going to take some time to get used to this. The debriefs were some of the coolest moments here at Cape May. Knowing your Company Commanders in ways other fear is a huge shift. From sea stories to belly laughs, it was all quite the experience. Knowing things like Petty Officer Alvino likes to bake, Petty Officer Lake isn’t nearly as scary as he seems, Petty Officer Bucaneg has a baby on the way, and Petty Officer Wilderman has 2 kids, a wife, and like to hunt and fish, makes them more relatable.


We were lucky to have such high standard leaders who all bring so much to the table. Week 07 has taught us to embrace these last few days of boot camp because we will never get this experience again. We will finish the week with off base liberty and push through week 08. Soon we will be off into the fleet and we will be ready, thanks to our elite leadership team.


SR Kolodziej, C. R.

SR Harris, S. D.

Golf-197 Historians


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.