Golf 198 Recruit Journal Week 02

International Maritime Signal Flag Golf

Formed: December 10, 2019 Graduates:  January 31, 2020

Week two for GOLF-198 is coming to an end. Through trials and tribulations, ups and downs (as in push-ups and let-downs) a rough road is in front of and behind us and the company is excited for the new week ahead.

Week two presented many new obstacles for the company. New required knowledge, many classes and lessons, new tools to whip us into ship-shape, and we have now started watch standing through the night, guarding the hall that the company sleeps in. We were issued our M-16 “pieces” and are learning how to march and do many Close Order Drill movements.

Even this early in training GOLF-198 is starting to gel, communicate and move as a unit. Many recruits are starting to open up, and friendships are blossoming. Although this week has brought on exciting change, some things are consistent. We routinely execute, “fire fire fire,” almost every morning, a company commander favorite, where we have to jump out of our racks and be outside in fire-drill formation within seconds.

Another known staple of Basic training is constantly messing up and we seem to be very good at it. The firehose of knowledge is in full force and not letting up. We spend long hours in class learning the ins and outs of the Coast Guard. We get reality checks after each and every mistake we make. But the discipline is whats to be expected and we all signed the dotted line, knowing what we came here to do.

Week two of Boot Camp was the first time we received mail since being here. This was exciting and emotional for all recruits. The first time we met our Company Commanders, most of us couldn’t even do a facing movement, and now we hold the knowledge to properly greet and/or salute staff, march in formations, talk using proper (very specific) communications, and so many other things.

We got to meet and spend time with our company mentor, LT Bryan. For many of us this was our saving grace because until then most of us thought the Coast Guard was just like bootcamp, where everyone yells and there is zero room for error. He answered all of our questions and eased our apprehensions about our futures as Coast Guard women and men.

GOLF-198 is locked and loaded ready for week three. We lose. A lot. Every day. Multiple times; but these losses turn into lessons and GOLF-198 is in for a lot of lessons. For the ones before us and behind us, we hope to make you proud, stay tuned!

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.

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