Whiskey 189 Recruit Journal Week 06

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Whiskey 189 Recruit Journal Week 06

Formed: May 20, 2014

Graduates: July 11, 2014


Week 06 Summary

We’re on the home stretch now. Week zero six has come to a close and we are fast approaching into week zero seven which may be the hardest of them all. With those hardships come more and more freedoms and to put it simply, all of the cool stuff. Whiskey marched down to the pier this week to tour the vessels at Station Cape May. Shipmate Mitchell, the only one of us to receive orders to Cape May, was able to meet with what will be his new shipmates in the station and others were able to tour the types of vessels they will be assigned to. We even got the opportunity to see a team be called out for a case while we were there.

This week Whiskey donned their firefighting gear and fought a simulated fire. We used all the gear real firefighters wear and utilized our breathing gear as well. We learned parts and types of hoses, how to switch our nozzle man, and how to quickly and efficiently put out the flames. As this was our only real class work this week, there was no complaining or sleeping in class from any one of us.

While we attempt to focus on our required school work, our minds sometimes wander to our new units. This week we spent many hours working with administration to book flights, calling family members for assistance, contacting units for reporting information, and figuring out how to somehow ship everything we own all over the country. In a few short weeks we will be Coast Guardsman at a real unit operating with shipmates as apprentice, seamen or firemen instead of a lowly recruit.

In between administration work, we found time to let loose a bit. Our company commanders took us out to the track for pugil stick bouts, which really means we just beat each other up for a few minutes. On our transit to the track, our company commanders tried to stir up a bit of rivalry by making some shipmates call each other out. They even asked why we wanted to fight a certain shipmate which caused even more of a riot when we arrived. We quickly chose our foe and readied ourselves for battle. Luckily not a single one of us was hurt and there are no hard feelings. At the end of the day we are shipmates and a family…a family that really enjoys beating the crap out of each other. The next day Whiskey ran the Munro Mile, a timed mile around the regiment that will be scored. It truly is amazing that in six short weeks our company has progressed so far in their physical fitness. Week zero six also marked the first week that all of Whiskey is free from Physical Fitness Enhancement which means we get to eat whatever we want at the galley. Coffee here we come!

To close the week we ended with on-base liberty which was beyond bittersweet. Talking with loved ones and family members helped more than anyone could’ve imagined. We are more locked on than ever because we can taste how close we are to graduation, seeing our families, and moving on to our very first units. We are stronger, louder, and faster than ever. Whiskey will graduate, all together, on July 11th and thanks to our company commanders, we will be the best non-rates the Coast Guard has coming to them.

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.