Golf 198 Recruit Journal Week 06

International Maritime Signal Flag Golf

And just like that we 06 is coming to an end. The days go by slow but man do the weeks go by quickly. It feels like just yesterday we were stepping off the bus for the first time at Sexton hall. Golf has come a long way, and though we had growth spurts and many bumps in the road, this week was the week where our sweat paid off. Just because the company commanders aren’t, “Helicopter moms, “As much anymore doesn’t mean the standards are any lower. If anything they are higher because we have much more leeway to make mistakes than before.

This week started off with a bang – firearms training. Golf spent the whole afternoon until TAPS with the Gunners Mates at a local shooting range. We ran through drills with the Coast Guard’s standard handgun. At the end we all hand to take a test on our shooting ability to try and earn the Marksmanship Pennant to fly on our company Guidon. At one point it seemed like the only thing we could hit was the wall behind the target. In the end it turns out Golf  has some special-ops-tac-shooter-navy-seal-Rambo type shooters because we earned a company score of 85% earning the pennant!! Golf-198’s next exam was our physical fitness final. We were expected to repeat the same test as we did in indoctrination weekend with the push-up’s and sit-ups and timed 1.5 mile run. The works! Golf crushed the test and earned another pennant for our level of physical fitness.

A huge milestone for us was earning our official company Guidon. The new and improved Golf flag now leads the company was we march around, now singing cadence! It was honestly a beautiful moment because, come on now, we gave sweat for weeks for this moment as we slow-mo charged across the sunset beach thinking up the, “we are the champions,” tune. We ended the week with tours of the local cutters and then the ultimate test – on base liberty. The entire company was super excited to get our phones back and eat greasy, delicious foods and sweets. Golf maintained their military bearing despite all of the excitement, though. We stopped by the exchange and loaded up on junk food before heading to the on-base restaurant to use our phones. The company set up camp at the Harborview and spent the night conversing with family and friends. It was comforting to discuss our futures in detail and catch up on life in the real world. Golf is seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, but we are constantly reminded that we must remain vigilant.

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.

Tags: ,