Whiskey 191 Recruit Journal Week 03

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Whiskey 191 Recruit Journal

Formed: September 1, 2015

Graduates: October 23, 2015

Week 03 Summary



Everyone has an idea of what they think boot camp is. They may have formulated this opinion base on media, people they’ve talked to, or their own experiences. Like most opinions, some of it’s based on reality; some of it’s not; and some of it is just plain ‘ol cow manure. Regardless, the thing people seem to overlook about basic training, (and the aspect that contributes to it being tough) is that you’re on your own. Don’t get me wrong, we have families, shipmates, and the professionals here at TRACEN Cape May but at the end of the day, when you’re lying in your rack, you realize that the outcome of this training is on you. You’re the one who didn’t know your required knowledge and had to go to RAMP or didn’t use your time wisely to make your rack. In the end, it’s also your decision on whether you take your licks, learn your lesson, and become a Coastie or quit. This transformation isn’t an easy one and at the beginning of week 04 (almost halfway there) Whiskey company finds itself right on the teetering point of breaking out of its chrysalis and becoming a pugnacious little red, white, and blue butterfly.

During this past week, we began manual of arms training with our to scale M-16 Assault Rifles, learning how to survive in the water in our Mustang suits, and the basics of seamanship. We’ve graduated from freshman and started to look like sophomores. It’s a good feeling being able to see your progress and with the arrival of X-Ray (the new forming company) we got a firsthand look at how far we have actually come. The arrival of X-Ray Company is a big deal for Whiskey Company because this now means that people will start getting reverted. Typically, this result is a 01 week setback for recruits but X-Ray arrived 02 weeks behind Whiskey so if this fate befalls a poor recruit they will be pushed back a whole 02 weeks! This knowledge alone has had a real impact on some of my shipmates. Especially the ones that feel they are up next on the chopping block. For now at least, it seems like it takes quite a bit of screwing up to reach the danger zone but word on the street is that will change quickly in the coming weeks.

Like I mentioned earlier, this week was “Christmas in September” for Whiskey, which means we are all proud, muscle fatigued owners of M-16 rifles. These pieces weigh a good bit and have become our best friends. They workout with us, play games with us, and even get a place in our racks at night. They’re one of our proudest milestones at the same time, one of our least favorite torture devices (I’d say the most hated is awarded to our canteens) another close second would have to be the mosquitoes. They must be the fattest around because while at the position of attention recruits can’t move. This means that the little devils get a feast every time we step outside.

“Like moral responsibility, discipline is a word with more than one meaning…” But the true test of discipline is standing at attention while mosquitoes crawl all over your face having the feast of their life. It may or may not be word for word but if you want a good laugh at your future Coasties expense when they get home, begin reciting the first line of the definition of self-discipline or even better, just yell “Fire, Fire, Fire” in the morning before they wake up. Full disclosure, I am not responsibility for their response. Have the camera ready though!

We’re getting closer to Whiskey-191’s halfway point and you can be rest assured that we’ll still be here pushing the earth, doing all the sit-ups and flutter kicks possible. Keep sending letters and know our families are always on our minds!


“Leadership is Action not Position”

–         Whiskey-191 motto

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.