Whiskey 191 Recruit Journal Week 06

International Maritime Signal Flag Whiskey

Whiskey 191 Recruit Journal

Formed: September 1, 2015

Graduates: October 23, 2015



One of the major purposes in basic training is to take individuals and mold them into a fine tuned team. Through this process it can be easy to forget that Whiskey Company is, at its essence, a mix of different people. While week 06 has been a step forward for our company, it has also been a time for a select few of our shipmates to step up and shine a little more than the rest. These few have demonstrated qualities that have made the company proud and ultimately, acted as a catalyst for Whiskey’s progress during the entire week.

The first mention goes out to one of our shipmates who were reverted from Victor/Uniform. This individual took the lead during our Manual of Arms training in which the rest of the company was acting like “a bunch of ding dongs” (direct quote from one of our shipmates who hails from the great state of Kentucky). By taking the lead in this way, this recruit has helped prepare Whiskey for our upcoming Manual of Arms test which is held in front of our Section Commander. We now learn faster, work harder, and are even getting a few compliments from our Company Commanders (“out-friggin-standing!”).

The second mention goes out to out trumpet player. This OG Whiskey recruit (OG is the term for original recruits that formed with whiskey and NOT “original gangster”, but we’ve all seen Straight Outta Compton), has blown the regiment away with the most hauntingly elegant TAPS performance that we’ve ever heard. He causes entire squadbays to go silent in an instant and the most salty of Senior Chiefs to shed a tear at its beauty. We are all extremely proud to have him in our ranks and to call him a shipmate.

The last shipmate saw a void that needed to be filled, saw that no one was willing to step up, and decided to take action herself. Whiskey now has its first female “bus driver” (the person who calls cadence while marching). She is reliable, a quick learner, and only sent the company into the bush’s a couple of times. Without a solid driver a company has the potential to look sloppy on the regiment and that is not “good to go”, so needless to say we are happy to have her.

These few recruits were chosen not to diminish the qualities of the rest of the group but just the opposite. By picking out a few, it’s possible to give a snapshot of the quality of people the Coast Guard attracts and to show everyone how proud we are to be Whiskey Company. It’s cool stuff, if you ask me!

On to the knitty gritty. No more “flowery” language but just meat and potatoes from here on out. Week 06 has been the best yet by far due to a large amount of practical learning. We began by visiting fire school at Goff Hall where we learned the basics of firefighting. As a firefighter in my old life, this was my personal favorite and I had a good amount of shipmates tell me the same. To be clear, for those worrying, we aren’t actually running into burning ships but the recruits are placed into a chaotic environment that has been completely smoked out with red lights flashing and sirens wailing. Full gear, charged hose lines, and real deck compartments, just no fire. We had some recruits panic, feel claustrophobic, and were challenged in ways they never thought they would be. It was a good learning experience and even better time.

Our next big event for this week was the pugil stick bouts. These militarize sock-em-boppers pack a punch and are one of the most fun evolutions to participate in. We were allowed to challenge other shipmates and cheer on our champions in what has been described as “the most ruthlessly, benign, bloodsport of our decade”. Even though beating the snot out of our shipmates is fun, the company bonding that took place was the best part.

The last significant event happening came in the form of our Military ID. We are really beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel that’s just 02 weeks away. The excitement is palpable.

That’s it for the summary this week. Keep up all the support for the loved ones who are working hard. It truly does help to keep us motivated and pushing on! Whiskey-one-niner-one, Out!

“A wise man makes more opportunities than he finds.” – Francis Balow



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.