Whiskey 191 Recruit Journal Week 02

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Whiskey 191 Recruit Journal

Formed: September 15, 2015

Graduates: November6, 2015

 

Week 01 Summary

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One week ago Whiskey Company met their Company Commanders. During this short ceremony of sorts, Captain Prestige, the Commanding Officer of TRACEN Cape May told us that “We will be expected to rise to the Coast Guards standards” regardless of what we expected those standards to be before we arrived. He then went on to introduce the four Petty Officers who would control our fate for the next eight weeks and they started off with a bang. There was no 0-60 or even “0-100 real quick” as a famous rapper recently put it. It was a full force shock to the system. The only way I can think to describe it is like the sensation you have when jumping into a cold mountain lake; except a bear jumps in after you and instead of being able to escape, all you can do is tread water…… for eight weeks.

This realization has affected everyone differently and we have come to understand what our Commanding Officer meant. During PT we don’t stop exercises when we think we should. We don’t stop punishments at what we believe is a reasonable point. We don’t sleep as long as we want and we don’t shower for as long as we want. We don’t control a single part of our daily lives but, as they say, this is what we signed up for. You either make it or you don’t and there are plenty of people who aren’t making the cut. This trimming of the fat by our four skilled butchers is slowly turning Whiskey Company into a lean, mean, life saving machine. The more we learn about what Honor, Respect, and Devotion to Duty truly mean in the context of the Coast Guards mission, the more we want to learn, train, and put in the hard work so that we’ll be effective when we head out into the fleet. We’ve begun passing our tests, taking more classes, leaning the basics of military bearing and of course, swimming. These are times when we begin to come together as a company and get excited to do our jobs.

Out of all the seriousness though there are a surprising amount of things to laugh about. We laugh about how our sea bags have replaced our significant others at night and how our alarms have been replaced with a fire drill in the morning. We kid about how IKEA most likely sends our Lead Company Commander furniture and other objects for impact testing due to the amount of odds and ends that may be flipped over or tossed at a moment’s notice. We joke and kid until our Company Commanders find out because when that happens, there is only sweat. This sweat comes in many different ways. For instance, it takes about 30 minutes of holding a canteen straight out in front of you till it feels like about 50lbs and at an hour, your back and muscles begin to cramp up and spasm. On top of these aches and pains, there is a constant dizziness due to the lack of oxygen you are getting in because you are yelling at the top of your lungs. It’s these kinds of games that fill our days because we can’t get our act together and these kinds of games that make us think, “What in the world did we get ourselves into?” But it’s been told to me a few times, “You can do anything for 8 weeks.” Funny thing is, I’m just hoping to make it through the next chow time. One week done for Whiskey-191 and on to the next!

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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