Whiskey 192 Recruit Journal Week 03

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Whiskey 192 Recruit Journal

Formed: May 3 , 2016

Graduates: June 24, 2016

 

Week 03

 

16May16

 

Hello good people of the world! We hope everything is well because none of us Seaman Recruits are living under a rock. As far as Cape May news, we got to do our most relaxing thing this morning which was to float around in a pool in a survival suit. We just stared overhead as we gently bumped into each other. We have been getting absolutely crushed by our Company Commander’s more than usual. It is kind of like when you are playing a boss level on a video game, and you are getting stomped on. We are feeling ready to retire, but must keep charging. We are making progress with our racks, but the Company Commanders say they still aren’t good enough. So just like everything else, there is room for improvement.

 

17May16

 

I can no longer have my butt kicked or chewed out because there is nothing left, it’s gone. The day has had its good points and bad points… Way below bad actually. On the good side, we received our military ID’s. We also started seamanship, so hopefully we will not end up grounding a cutter. On the bad side of the day, my watch shipmates and I had to pull a line back and forth across the quarter deck until we were soaked in sweat because we didn’t do our jobs properly. Even though we feel lower than low the chaplain came and talked to us for about an hour tonight. He explained to us how boot camp is a time to find our courage; it’s like being in the Lord of the Rings, bringing the one ring to Morder with no end in sight. However, we shall prevail!

 

18May16

 

Color Guard, Shoe Shining, Seamanship. Today was overall, less of a butt kicking kind of day. However, we were promised it is going to get worse tomorrow because we are still moving slower than the Wright Brothers flyer, and as quiet as people in a coma. Most of us got records of counseling for things like unstowed gear, so we have yet more paper work that makes us look bad. Given the amount of struggle, our Lead Company Commander, Petty Officer Karpf sat us down and asked us what was going on. The consensus was that we lacked motivation, and were not helping each other. It’s like when the fellowship starts falling to pieces in the Lord of the Rings. However, we must not fall to crap. After the Company meeting everyone was shedding tears and was motivated to beat the living crap out of every other company on the Regiment to prove that we are better and that we can do this!

 

20May16

 

Well good fans, I request to inform you all that even though we continue to be forged by fire, there was a huge gift given to us by our Lead Company Commander, EVENING ROUTINE! This gave us sacred time to shower, work on our uniforms and make our squad bays pretty. This was a major morale booster because several of our shipmates were recently put on Probation and a few will probably be sent to the Recruit Aptitude and Motivation Program as well. This living hell they call RAMP makes ordinary Incentive Training look like first grade physical education class. Most of the company still stinks at required knowledge, but our marching is starting to look a little sharper. Our uniforms are looking a little crisper and our boon dockers look less like mud. We are looking much less like the Hippies we did on May 3rd.

 

21May16

 

Well, as you all probably have discovered this week has been action packed. It is very hard to determine what has happened when, because the days go by like shooting stars. We have started to learn the practical aspects of being sailors. We are tying knots in our sleep, as well as reciting the definitions for those knots. Our muscles are toughening so it is easier to hold our pieces in “Sniper Position”. However, we would all prefer to not do those exercised, so we are motivated to get our stuff together. The nights have been getting shorter as we stand watch, get up early for drill practice, remedial swim, and so on. Yet, we are realizing that when we get to the fleet we will be just as exhausted, so it helps us understand the pain. Despite the hardship, Whiskey has become a far better team over the week. Strong leaders have emerged who keep the company on track. As opposed to each person watching their own rear ends, we are helping each other out by straightening other shipmate’s sleeve rolls, fixing each other’s racks, working together to clean the squad bay and so on. We are still screwing up, but the screw ups are getting less. We have been introduced to manual of arms and let me tell you, it is far more fun using our pieces for that than for Incentive Training. So in summary, it has been a long week, but we are getting smarter, stronger, and faster. We all just hope to keep progressing so we can make our loved ones proud and so we may serve our country.

 

 

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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