Golf 198 Recruit Journal Week 04

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

International Maritime Signal Flag Golf

Well as week 04 comes to an end, it’s easy to say “were the heck did it go?!” Many people say the days go slow but the weeks go fast, and that’s completely true. During week 04 the standards were raised to the next level, golf is now expected to act as a solid company, not a baby company anymore. This brings more responsibility, which many of us enjoy, but it also comes with accountability; and if we weren’t held accountable, then week 04 wouldn’t have been what it was… sweaty.

Not only did Golf have our fair share of sweat sessions, but we had many significant moments this week. First off, we did our close order drill test for our section commander, Chief Knapp. That is basically where the company marches in formation before the section commander, and if we do well enough, chief Knapp will approve us to march ourselves around the regiment. Needless to say, Golf passed with flying colors, and Petty Officer Gunn, our lead company commander, flipped our guide-on right-side up. Now, as a “big kid” company golf can march on our own. To add to the action this week, we did our firefighting practical. Essentially we simulated a fire scenario, and had to work as a team to put it out. We got to put on full firefighting equipment, to include helmets, oxygen masks, boots, and the fire suit. The room was completely dark from smoke, and we had to utilize the tactics taught to use by our instructors, each recruit had a change to be the nozzle man. The person at the end of the hose controlling the water spray and directly fighting the fire. All in all, it was fun, exciting, and an experience none of us will forget. Now, if you think that’s as exciting as it gets, you’re wrong, because this week we got to submit our dream sheets.

A dream sheet is basically a paper we fill out that has our preferred district and station for where we want to go for our first duty station. This gave us something to look forward to and it also really put things into motion for Golf. We are already putting our requests for our orders. Totally rad. Many hope to stay close to home, and others are wanting to travel far and wide. I guess we will find out our fates soon enough. Lastly, we finished week 04 with a bang… our midterm. Sounds exciting right?! Not exactly, many people came here instead of college, just to end up still taking tests. Just kidding, seriously though, we were tested on all parts of recruit training up to this point. Many of us were nervous and studied hard leading up to it. On the bright side, we saw the midterm for what it was. A halfway point in training. Week 04 has been all about the team and id say Golf is becoming quite the team. We had a big week, but bigger weeks to come!
                                                         “If you fail, I fail…”

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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