Golf 199 Recruit Journal Week 03

International Maritime Signal Flag Golf

Formed: September 01, 2020
Graduates:  October 23, 2020

The final boss music starts as Chief Resto enters the main muster squad bay for an inspection. Today was judgement day for GOLF-199. We had our racks and rucksacks inspected. Those who failed went on probation or got sent to Hotel-199. As this week goes on the intensity rises, and so do the stakes. Sweat bullets run down our faces as we have to make sure everything on our uniforms, in our racks, and most importantly in our heads is perfect. 

Speaking of concentration we’ve had a huge distraction on our minds since receiving our orders. We look forward to our future stations whether it be land or sea and not having to ask to use the head once again. GOLF-199 feels one step closer to military life as we also received our military identification cards. The class work takes a fun turn, we started seamanship and did a survival swim class. In seamanship we will learn the basic fundamentals of becoming a boat crew member. The survival swim class teaches us how to float in the water in case of a man overboard. They put us in suits that help you stay warm and teach us to swim in them. Those suits felt like we were big marshmallows. As we giggle and smile (inside our head as to not break military bearing) trying our best to swim back to the wall, we couldn’t help but to think about how silly we looked. The company stays busy welcoming recruits who have been reverted and filling jobs previously filled by shipmates that have left.

Our hands raise up eagerly to fill in the spots. Just like last week the GOLF-199 roller coaster continues to move along. Stopping here and there to pick up people, or drop some off. No one knows what loop is coming next except for the company commanders in control of the ride.

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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