Whiskey 191 Recruit Journal Week 07

International Maritime Signal Flag Whiskey

Whiskey 191 Recruit Journal

Formed: September 1, 2015

Graduates: October 23, 2015

 

WHISKEY – 191

WEEK 07 SUMMARY

 

What use is there in having pride in something that wasn’t earned? Throughout the past 07 weeks Whiskey Company has put the time and the work in so that when it came time, we would have something that we wanted to put our stamp on. We’ve always wanted to know how we matched up to our senior company’s and how we can be better. Whiskey hasn’t been perfect and sometimes we thought we looked like straight trash but we always kept striving to improve, and do our Company Commander’s proud. This is the week that all of our blood, sweat, and tears have cashed in. The change is tangible. We feel it in the way we march, the way we sound off, and how we present ourselves as a company. We are no longer known by our unofficial titles of “Whispering Whiskey or “We do what we want”. Now we are known for some of our accomplishments like receiving an almost perfect score on our Manual of Arms and Close Order Drill test. We are not just trying to look like a senior company with the hope that we can fake it until we make it but have earned our place on the regiment. It feels darn good too! Around the age of 16 I was told by one of my uncles (an easy talking Florida native who is easily one of the coolest people I know) that “If you wanna get the ladies you need to add a little swagger in your walk kid!” I can tell you that I’ve never found that swagger and still walk around like I am having a three legged race with myself. Maybe someday! Whiskey on the other hand has developed a gait that would turn the head of the baddest girl around. There’s no two ways about it; we just look good!

One of the biggest milestones of this week in training is the debriefings from our Company Commanders. This is a time when the curtain is torn down and the line of communication is established between the recruits and their leaders. It’s odd trying to cozy up to the devil but sometimes it just feels so darn good. These 04 individuals have made recruits cry, caused us more pain than we thought we could take, and instilled the meaning of self – discipline the tough way. Most of the time it just straight out sucked but as we’ve sat down and have had the chance to ask questions there’s been one over arching theme in the response to recruits: we want to see you succeed. They have a desire to produce guys and girls that they would be proud to call a shipmate. This is what week 08 is all about. We’ve been made into recruits so now it’s time to become Coasties. With our final, COD/MOA, and seamanship evaluations behind us we can do just that. Make no mistake that no day in bootcamp is a walk in the park. We’ve still been punished, yelled at, and expected to exceed the standard we’ve raised ourselves to. It’s never easy but as they say “It’s a tall order, but we are taller”.

As always, keep us in your thoughts and prayers, send good vibes our way, and we will see you all in 05 days!

 

~SR BURNS

 

“Wouldn’t you like to be on the big roaring sea; with only the sky as a roof over your head.” – Vetiver

 

 

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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