Whiskey 190 Recruit Journal Week 06

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Whiskey 190 Recruit Journal

Formed: February 3, 2015

Graduates: March 27, 2015

 

Historian Log: Summary of Week 06

Week 06 has been a week of change for the better. We’ve started to work as a company, and our company commanders have started to treat us a little like actually Coast Guardsmen (though only a little. We are still recruits after all). This week has also been a week of highs and lows for the company, with it gradually getting better by the day. Most graduates can attest that the end of Week 06 is when things start becoming “easier”, but with this feeling of accomplishment comes a dangerous sense of complacency.

Monday of Week 06 seemed largely to be an extension of Week 05. The day was mostly marked by our general failure as a company. Our company commanders seemed to have no respect for us, not we really deserved it. We were a mess that day, a group of individuals pretending to be a company. Everything else that happened that day seemed to be a blur, blocked out the frustrations of our company commanders. Monday was not a good day.

Tuesday was a better day, though still not one of our best. Much of the company had been attending classes covering travel entitlements and the firefighting practical. It was also when the company squad leaders had an intervention of sorts to try to get Whiskey-190 on the right track. It may have seemed to work too, but it won’t be another few days before we can actually judge if it was successful. Tuesday was also when we were allowed to make phone calls home in order to tell them where our first duty station is. It seems many of our loved ones were just as happy as we are about our new destination. It was also nice to hear familiar voices that weren’t yelling at us.

Wednesday was when the company split up gain, with everyone either taking the firefighting practical or waiting in administration to receive the Common Access Cards and arrange their travel plans. They also learned some very important information in regards to our careers in the Coast Guard, our careers after the Coast Guard, a way to get five-star resorts for dirt cheap prices. We also had a couple of setbacks on Wednesday, mostly involving an incident after evening chow where Petty Officer Alan ordered us to march back to the House, an order which we followed. The problem was Petty Officer Alan is not in our Chain of Command. The theory is that we confused Petty Officer Alan for Chief Cain and that Petty Officer Alan conspired with our own company commanders to set us up in a no win scenario. Whether this theory is true or not no longer matters, as Petty Officer Gunther was not pleased over what had happened. One silver lining is that we now have our favorite phrase from Petty Officer Gunther; “Stranger Danger! We don’t want your candy!” Many of wonder if that would actually work. It would be funny to watch either way.

Thursday was similar to Wednesday in regards to the schedule, with more firefighting practical and administration appointments. However, Thursday was also the day where the entire company, recruit and company commander alike, had a chance to relax and have fun as we watched our shipmates pick up pugil sticks and test their fight or flight reactions. It was good time for us all.

Friday has mostly overshadowed by Saturday, as Saturday was our most eventful day yet. Somehow, the stars aligned ever so perfectly that current Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard, Master Chief Cantrell, gave us a chance to sit down and ask him some questions. The experience was enlightening, only added to the fact that Saturday was also when we have our on base liberty, the glorious time in which recruits binge on sweets and fried foods and talk on our phones for five hours. However, with this great freedom comes a great danger, as complacency has brought down many a recruit around this time. Now, more than ever, we need to stay on point.

 

 

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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