Whiskey 189 Recruit Journal Week 03

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Whiskey 189 Recruit Journal

Formed: May 20, 2014

Graduates: July 11, 2014

Week 03


Week zero-three was big for Whiskey-189. It focused mainly on our preparation for week zero-four midterms and physical fitness tests, meaning it was jammed packed full of studying and push-ups. We’re coming up on our halfway point, but Whiskey still has a long road ahead.

The company had multiple gym sessions this week, a speed circuit, and an even faster bike workout at 0600 with Petty Officer Zammiello. In order to keep going, our trainer, Mr. Scena, reminds us “You don’t have to be the quickest; you don’t have to be the strongest; you just have to be the one who will never give up.” Next week we take our physical fitness tests and with some luck, everyone will pass with flying colors which means Whiskey will get to eat whatever we want from the galley, including desserts!

This week we spent much of our time down at Seamanship learning parts of a line, knot tying, and helm commands. We used the simulators to talk to the command and steer the cutter on the screen. Our practical for both helm commands and knot tying are Thursday of this week which means we have a lot of studying to look forward to.

Our required knowledge has shifted from rates and ranks to piece nomenclature. Whiskey now knows every part of the M-16 and can run through the entire list while at the position of port arms. By the end of our time here, we will perform this movement in front of our chain of command for a grade.

Week zero-three had its ups and downs as always. Frustration increases over the lack of memorized knowledge and unmet time objectives continue to loom about. The more and more our company commanders throw at us, the more we work as a team and become faster and stronger. We’ve gained some new recruits and lost others, but Whiskey is staying strong as we come into week zero-four and we can’t wait to continue our Coast Guard Training.

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.