Whiskey 189 Recruit Journal Week 05

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Whiskey 189 Recruit Journal Week 05

Formed: May 20, 2014

Graduates: July 11, 2014

Week 05 Summary Whiskey-189

Week 05 was without a doubt the biggest so far for Whiskey-189. We had many firsts this week. Our first outdoor graduation, which we participated in, our first company observation of taps, our first beach patrol, our first company run outside the walls of Tracen Cape May, and most importantly, our first experience with our Colors.

Friday was quiet. A bit too quiet. That evening we noticed all four of our company commanders were present, a strange occurrence for a weekend. All of a sudden they found everything wrong with Whiskey that could possibly be wrong. Therefore, we pushed the ground, lifted sea bags, ran up and down flights of stairs (or ladder wells), and sweat…until finally, we were told to find our penlights and form up outside. Then began our “beach patrol” around the entire regiment WITH our full sea bags with everything we own, including our M-16s. After what felt like hours with 100 pounds on our backs, we returned to Healy Hall where we observed TAPS and learned its origin. When we about-faced, our colors were there…right in front of us. We rushed the guide-on, or Hailey as she is now called, chanting “Whiskey-189,” with more pride than we have ever had.

On top of that, Whiskey made it all the way through the Confidence Course, cheering one another on the entire way. Our stamina kept up, even after receiving our orders. Some of us are headed for Hawaii, others to Philadelphia, and others still to Florida. Excitement is overflowing as our new lives wait for us. Whiskey ran together for two miles in a parade this weekend, singing the entire way.

Starting this week, we live in Healy Hall with the other senior companies. However, Whiskey is holding its own, especially with the heightened sense of competition around here. Uniform and Victor don’t know what’s in store for them – we’re loud, we’re proud, we’re fast, and we know our required knowledge. We just need to keep this up for three more weeks….


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.