Whiskey 190 Recruit Journal Week 04

International Maritime Signal Flag Whiskey

Whiskey 190 Recruit Journal

Formed: February 3, 2015

Graduates: March 27, 2015

Whiskey 190

The helmsman lied. The little stress indicator said that the stress level would decrease and week 02 and 03 would be the toughest. In reality our great obstacle was accepting the change that week 04 would bring on us. Through the week the subtle specter of expectation has stalked us waiting to reveal itself at just the right time.


This week began quietly. We were divided into two groups, port and starboard side and given the freedom to march ourselves to and from classes. It was a welcome change. Good for developing our understanding of marching in formation, whether to Goff hall, Seamanship, or just chow. It was a good learning experience. Though limited to the first half of the week we were given the responsibility of standing watch over the new Yankee-190. This is usually a week 05 job but we just happen to be the closest around. Need someone to stand watch at Sexton hall? Victor is busy! Call Whiskey! Grad support? Just tell Whiskey the night before! They can handle it! We are apparently the company to go to for last minute help.


Throughout the week we have been plagued with RAMP tickets, probations and reversions. It started Monday and picked up again on Friday. We lost 22 people since we formed and most of them were cut this week. Not to mention there has been a huge spike in RAMP and probation participants.


Perhaps the biggest casualty of this week has been Whiskey companies’ morale. The nail in the coffin was Chief McKenna’s inspection, whose ruthlessness caused a fair number of probation and reversions. We know why they had to happen. Whiskey is about to become a week 5 company. We are not going to have the luxury of being raw recruits. Next week Victor graduates and we will be the senior company. We have to meet the standards and be an example to the junior companies. It seems like we only take 3 steps forward and 4 back yet we are expected to be the golden standard.


As a group we are tired of losing people, sending people to RAMP, or watching our shipmates get bombarded with required knowledge at every chow. Many of us want to function as a company but we have no idea how! We are 86 voices and consensus is difficult. The squad leaders try to take command but we are not sailors, at least not yet. It is like we want the pie but none of us have any idea how to make it and homemade pies are the best.


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.