Whiskey 192 Recruit Journal Week 02

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Whiskey 192 Recruit Journal

Formed: May 3 , 2016

Graduates: June 24, 2016

 

Whiskey-192

Weekly Summary

 

11MAY16

Holy Crap!! What in the world was I thinking! This huge thought went through my brain like poop through a goose as soon as the Company Commanders stormed onto the bus our first day at Cape May. We had thought we were stoic volunteers at first. However, since we have been having our behinds turned red (figuratively) every day we are not feeling like the stud muffins we thought we were. The Friday we “met” our Company Commanders I almost crapped my pants. We all feel flustered and cannot really do a dang thing right. Everyone is extremely frustrated and scared. Our Company Commanders are like ghosts, they pop out of nowhere when we make a mistake. We are basically getting crushed on a daily basis which our Lead Company Commander says will continue until we start doing the right thing. Between required knowledge, our uniforms, and our racks, we feel like we are drinking cement. We are all just praying we do not fail and that we improve dramatically because we are a bit tired of doing incentive training (which is really more like Intensive torture). Doing all those pushups and flutter kicks takes its toll on you. I thought that I had a glorified body before boot camp, but I am not so sure anymore. Please continue to pray for Whiskey Company as we continue to try to rise out of the muck.

 

12MAY16

Louder!!!…. 01, 02, 03 (Whistle Blows) “Your still whispering to me Whiskey!” My goodness I swear if I heard Petty Officer Kesterson yell those words again I thought my brain was going to Explode! I’ve lost my voice and my head and body are sore, all in all I’m exhausted. Today’s hell consisted of the usual morning “Fire, Fire, Fire” Drill. A lot of our recruits struggle with this fast pace intense drill including myself. We try and try but I strongly believe a lot of my shipmates aren’t trying their hardest. Boot Camp is all mental toughness and speed and to get through this our company needs to straighten up. Our day continued with chow in the galley. Chow at Cape May is amazing! I always have a full plate. Our company has become fairly decent maneuvering through the galley but there is always room for improvement. The day continued with simple classes where I saw Petty Officer Abascal in his service dress uniform. What’s really crazy about them is when they are wearing operation dress uniforms, they scare the crap out of us, but in other attire they seem almost normal! It’s nice to see them with their Company Commander covers off. It almost makes boot camp seem chill. The rest of the day consisted of straight butt kicking! Petty Officer Catlin, Petty Officer Kesterson and Petty Officer Abascal showed their true level of mean. They ran us, they drilled us, and they pushed us and screamed at us! They just never gave up on us. They constantly spend time with us and slowly worked and molded Whiskey-192 into the Coastguardsmen we will soon become. They may not show it but we know they want us to succeed.

 

13MAY16

Well Hello Fans! I am pleased to inform you all Whiskey-192 is slowly creeping towards week 03. Today had to be the absolute craziest day! I’ve never had to exercise and work out so much before in my life! We are halfway through week 02 and it honestly feels as if we have done nothing but eat, sweat, and repeat. New ways of butt whooping have been introduced to the company. We were excited to receive our pieces today but that quickly changed. They are essentially M-16’s. They are completely for close order drill, and making our shoulders scream in pain. Since I am sure we are all going to be ripped by the end of training we are willing to suck it up. Furthermore, we had our swim assessment which most of the company passed. However, I kept inhaling water and I felt as if the nice indoor pool would prove to be my final resting place. The company is starting to look a little sharper, racks are getting tighter, people are getting louder, and we are looking more striking. Actually, scratch that, we still look like crap but we will get better.

 

14MAY16

Hello Good People! Thanks for tuning into our channel at good ‘ol Cape May. Whiskey-192 has now been getting ripped to pieces for 12 days. From Incentive Training and lots of Remedial Instruction we are getting stronger. Every day when we think it might get easier, it gets harder. The good news is our training is soon to take a more interesting turn. We are about to start week 03 which is when we learn more practical knowledge like seamanship as opposed to stress management (which is an ironic topic at boot camp). We also met our mentors and it was a relief to have Coast Guard people who were not yelling at us. But in summary, things are getting even more brutal. Most of us are challenging our mental health for deciding to come to boot camp, but in the end, it was certainly the right decision. While speaking with our mentors today…. We knew we had made the best decision and that was to be a part of the world’s greatest Coast Guard!

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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