Whiskey 190 Recruit Journal Week 02

 

International Maritime Signal Flag Whiskey

International Maritime Signal Flag Whiskey

 

Whiskey 190 Recruit Journal

Formed: February 3, 2015

Graduates: March 27, 2015

 

Whiskey-190

Week 02

Week 02 of boot camp is ending quickly and it has been an intense, crazy, and very sweaty roller coaster. Whiskey-190 is gradually learning the basics. We are becoming more acquainted with training center customs, our fellow shipmates and even our Company Commanders.

 

All of our Company Commanders are on the same mission: to mold us into independent and efficient members of the military. However they each have their own quirks and unique personalities. Our lead Company Commander, Chief Simcox, takes his job seriously. He trains us strictly but shows a soft side once in a while. Petty Officer Gunther is loud and really knows how to get in our heads, but I’ve seen through his tough shell. He can be humorous at times. Petty Officer Martinez doesn’t yell at us as much as the others but, he takes pride in enforcing self-discipline. His main tactic at training us is by making us perform difficult physical tasks. It sucks but I know it is to teach us a lesson. Once Whiskey becomes more organized and starts to act as a team we might not have so many issues with him. Finally we have Petty Officer Uitdenhowen. She is a mix of Gunther and Martinez with a little added craziness. Without one of these people we would be missing a vital component to our company and there would be no balance.

Now here is an intro to the recruits of Whiskey-190. We are about 100 strong at this time. We have only been here 02 weeks but we have come a long way so far, but that road has just begun. We still have a lot to learn. We still make mistakes. We haven’t mastered our required knowledge. We make dumb choices. And we receive punishments for not following the rules. Hopefully we will learn from this discipline so that we can be stronger as a team. We are brothers and sisters. We need to have each other’s backs, even when someone messes up.

There are only 09 females in this monstrosity of a company. We started out as strangers. 03 weeks ago we never knew these people existed. We had no idea what kind of people we would be associated with and living so closely together, but these females have proven to be an amazing family already. They inspire me and encourage me to stay strong during this very stressful time period. I couldn’t be happier with any other company. I am proud to call myself a Whiskey female.

The people who warned me and informed me of boot camp were right. My ex-Coast Guard father has been a major inspiration for me in joining the Coast Guard and prepared me immensely. The days are definitely long but, the weeks oddly enough fly by. No amount of preparation could have prepared anyone for this. We didn’t know exactly what to expect. I had direct knowledge and insight but, I still manage to fail. We all fail because we don’t know what we are doing but that is why we are here.

The weather has been different from what I am used to. I am originally from Portland Oregon and I have never experienced such brutal weather conditions. The icy wind is strong enough to knock us over in formation and there is a blizzard as I write this. The temperatures are in the single digits and I hate wearing the Gore-Tex but at least it isn’t scorching hot.

Two weeks are down and there are six more to go. My advice to anyone going through this is to take it one day at a time. Eventually you will push through and it will be worth the rewarding future. It sucks but, we just have to do what we need to do to survive this program. These next few weeks Whiskey is going to have to step up our game. We need devotion, teamwork, and a professional attitude so that we can overcome what these next few weeks will bring. We will be held to higher standards. Therefore we need to improve our attitudes and increase our efforts so we can prove ourselves as one awesome company.

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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