Golf 198 Recruit Journal Week 03

International Maritime Signal Flag Golf

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

What is sweat? How does Webster’s dictionary define sweat? We have physically learned that’s for sure. The real question is why are people in black Smokey Bear hats so obsessed with it? Does it fuel them… Is it necessity? I do not know. All great questions though.

Well it’s that time of the week again… The weekly report. So there we were, Saturday of week 02 holding our canteens over our skulls saying, “We’re not ready for week 03,” and the big question was, were we ready? The real question, now, is, “What happened to week 03?!” It came and went so quickly.

During the week we started learning the things that inspired many of us to join this saving service in the first place. First off, seamanship classes began. A lot of shipmates in this company hope to be stationed on a cutter or small boat station. A large sum of the company is now finding real interest in the classes we are being taught because let’s face it, eight hours of class with tired minds and tired bodies gets a little difficult.

We have graduated from the week 01 and week 02 basic rules regulations classes. In all, I would say this was sort of a wake-up week for GOLF-198. The big day was 25 December. The warm hearts of families participating in Operation Fire side helped relight our motivation flames. We got about five hours of liberty in the households of the caring members of the community. We could talk in a normal voice again! We could eat in a normal manner again! We could sit with our backs against a back rest again! But most importantly we felt appreciation and positivity. Even though it was only for a couple of hours that’s all that we needed to turn these frowns upside down. But there are still so many more changes that we need to make.

As the New Year approaches we are all curious to see what GOLF-198 does to improve. Cause, boy, we need it and we need it now. Only a few more days until the New Year. GOLF-198 is feeling anxious to hit the gas.

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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