Whiskey 189 Recruit Journal Week 07

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Whiskey 189 Recruit Journal Week 7

Formed: May 20, 2014

Graduates: July 11, 2014

As time here has progressed, we have earned more freedom; however, freedom comes with more responsibility. Whiskey-189 has risen to the challenge time and again, and we have kept our momentum going. This is not to say we haven’t fallen short from time to time, but that’s just life. We trip, we pick ourselves up, and we learn from our mistakes. We were worried about not being able to come together as a whole in the end but we have, and it really is something special.

We are loud, we are proud, we move fast, and we work together. Before Victor-189 graduated, Whiskey shared with them a rivalry of sorts – we would call each other out during cadences and when in the Galley together, we would practically race to see who could get done faster. Along with a growing sense of pride from coming together, we received a compliment, courtesy of Captain Prestige, on our squad bays! It truly has been a motivational week for us. We enjoyed our last Seamanship class this week and we did well on our Manual of Arms and Close Order Drill tests. Occasionally, we receive little “Easter eggs” or treats. The males received “high and tights” this week, and Chief Evans hardly recognized us with our “big boy” haircuts. As simple as a haircut sounds, it really motivated us.

As great as this week has been, the pinnacle of our uprising was when our company commanders raised the Whiskey flag, claiming our spot as the senior company. The flag was raised on the 4th of July and we were able to observe approximately 45 seconds worth of fireworks! It sounds lame, but that was very exciting for us all. To add to the excitement, we were permitted off-base liberty this weekend and we all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves amongst the community. We sometimes feel like cavemen, separated from society. Interaction for the first couple hours was a little awkward, but we eventually got our groove back and enjoyed ourselves. It was a privilege to march in the regiment’s sunset parade; we all felt an outstanding sense of pride. We are starting to feel like a real part of the Coast Guard.

We are at the point where messing up actually hurts; we want to be loud, proud, and on top of our game 100% of the time. Almost every story we share with other shipmates starts with, “I was booking it…” We enjoy stepping up to the challenge and progressing further in training. It’s crazy to think that it is almost over. We have come a long way in a fairly short amount of time. I am confident we will all make proud, strong Coastguardsmen when the time comes.

 

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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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