Golf 198 Recruit Journal Week 05

International Maritime Signal Flag Golf

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

What a week for Golf. Week 05 was full of ups and downs, trial and error. Sometimes it feels like we are back to square one and get treated like new recruits. Then other days feel like we have this down and boot camp will fly by. We started the week off well. We had our uniform inspection with our Battalion Commander Master Chief Lawrence.

Apparently we were one of the best companies he has seen in a long time. This might have been an exaggeration, but we did well and were rewarded with being able to get juice and milk at the galley. The next of our “spectacular milestones” in recruit training came with us receiving our dress uniforms. Getting to try on our bravos and massive trench coats was a step in the direction of feeling less like a baby recruit. Our next big adventure took us to the pool for a survival float. This was a time where we learned about the basic signs of hypothermia and how to use the survival equipment. Once we got into the pool, we had to perform the techniques on how to properly float. Many of us really relished this experience, while others took a nap in their flotation suit. Resisting the temptation to fall asleep in these conditions was a monumental task. Anyway, we still learned how to survive.

Friday was by far the biggest day for Golf 198. It was also a big day for Echo 198, as they were graduating. Golf started the day by sprinting to the galley while Echo got to lounge five star style in their squad bays. Though not entirely true, Echo did make Golf excited to be in their shoes. Our Lead Company Commander marched us to a position to see the graduation. Echo’s family and friends cheered as they saw their loved ones march by in their sharp Bravos. We were all quite jealous. Then we were marched to the Coast Guard Enlisted Memorial, where we looked upon the names of those that had died in the line of duty. It was there we were given our orders to the units we will be going to at the end of bootcamp. Some were disappointed, some were happy, but we all were excited. After getting our orders, we lost our military bearing and focus. We ended up getting out of control and failed our inspection with our Section Commander. Even though we dug a hole for ourselves, our Lead Company Commander gave us 10 minutes to call home and tell our loved ones about our orders.

Today wrapped up our week with meetings with our mentor, Lieutenant Bryan. We got time to ask queations about our specific stations and for advice. Lastly, we went out with a bang and some bruises. We did the Confidence Course; an obstical course meant to challenge us physically and mentally. Many of us zoomed through, while others struggled. Nonetheless, we still cheered on our shipmates. A busy week, but there is more to come.

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.