Whiskey 192 Recruit Journal – Final Entry

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Whiskey 192 Recruit Journal

Formed: May 3 , 2016

Graduates: June 24, 2016

Coast Guard Recruit Company Whiskey 192 Graduation Program

21JUN16

 

Well folks, we have made it! Our journey has been more dangerous and heroic than the one taken by Odysseus in Homer’s epic. Out of the 64 recruits who stepped off the bus, 55 formed, and 30 remain. We arrived fat, stupid, and with hair that rivaled that of homeless men. Our butts were beaten and beaten hard. Our Company Commanders made our first weeks a crap fest. In fact, we are still not entirely sure they have souls, with the exception of our Lead Company Commander, Boatswains Mate First Class Karpf. When we first met him the Friday of forming week, a number of us almost pooped our pants (I passed gas). But over the weeks, he has become the Gandalf to our fellowship, the Batman to our Gotham, and the Superman to our world. On the other hand, his assistants we are not too sure about. They are not unlike those medieval torture experts. But through the pouring sweat and spilt blood, we became sophisticated. We ceased to be like those smurf things. It is kind of hard to tell how the transformation occurred. It’s kind of similar to facial hair growth. One moment you’re clean shaven, the next moment a Company Commander is screaming in your face because of your 5 o’clock shadow. It sneaks up on you.

 

The hardships have been formidable. In fact, if we had known the pain we would feel at Cape May before signing up, we might have elected to join the Air Force instead. Therefore, I suppose it is good we can’t catch glimpses of our future. You just have to get a grip on yourself and step onto the road. This is what each of us had to do every morning. Days turned into weeks, and weeks into the second month. By this time we had become familiar with the basics of seamanship. We tied so many knots we could do them in our sleep (and our nightmares). We also knew enough about the Coast Guard’s standard pistol to not inflict injury upon ourselves when we used it, but we were only half-way done. Inspections continued to cause us to live in a state of fear, for they caused several of our shipmates to be rephrased, reverted, or sent to the Recruit Aptitude Motivational Program (RAMP). The sweat did not stop, and neither did the shame. When we would screw up badly we would be forced to walk around the regiment with our heads bowed and our hands in our pockets. Eventually, however, we began to find our groove. We acted like morons less, and increasingly like fleet ready non-rates. More and more positives began to occur. Our Company Commanders allowing us to have more fun. We ran the Confidence Course, beat the living crap out of each other with pugil sticks, ran off base to show off, and so on. Now, we are here. Graduation is less than 72 hours away. Because of the imminent nature of our departure, the pace of training seems to have come to a standstill. Just like on those nights when we would be holding our canteens straight out in front of us yelling “EYES IN THE BOAT”, time looses all sense of urgency. Nevertheless, that day and that hour will come when we can call ourselves coastguardsmen. When that time comes we will stand tall, march as one, and get underway.

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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