Whiskey 193 Recruit Journal Week 04

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Whiskey 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: December 6, 2016

Graduates: January 27, 2017


Week 04 Summary


This week felt like the moment you surface from deep water gasping for air. The company, for the last month, has tread water in the form of sweat. It seemed as if we’d drown before we made it to the surface of the pool we created, but our company commanders started draining the excess water.


In this week alone 14 shipmates have parted ways with Whiskey-193; some for medical reasons, others for consistently exemplifying poor attitudes and immaturity. When a recruit goes back a week or more in training its called reversion or getting rephased, and the thought of being reverted or rephrased is absolutely terrifying. When you’re reverted you stand in front of the entire company as the company commander yells at you. You have to pack all of your belongings and march out of the building to meet your new company. Now that we have witnessed other recruits make choices that compromise their graduation dates, we’ve decided to shut up when we’re told, get louder without being told and get it together the best we can. In short, we’ve decided to be a more responsible company.


Even though we care about the rephased and reverted shipmates, we all understand why we have to be a responsible company. In recruit training we’re learning how to save lives. In week 04 that meant imbibing information about types of fires, what fuels them and how to extinguish them. On Wednesday each recruit had to throw on a fire suit that weighed 30-40 pounds, boots to protect our feet and masks that connected to oxygen. After that we entered a warehouse type room that had small square compartments where we had to line up on a hose and take turns extinguishing a virtual fire. The room was hazy, and the equipment was so heavy that as we crouched down to follow the hose out of the fire room we had to fight to stay erect. The next day we had to plan out the next year of our lives by putting in our assignments and deciding where we wanted go based off of our personal financial, career and familial goals. The day after that we had our midterm exam that most of us underestimated. Each recruit had the choice to either laugh because the oxygen masks sounded like Darth Vader breathing, or to focus on the task. We all had to choose to listen to the instructor when he explained how assignments work. In Coast Guard recruit training there’s no time for irresponsibility.


Our company commanders reflect our behavior. They interact with us differently now. Instead of making us sweat for endless hours, we clean our squad bays, shine our boots, and get more time to shower at night. Obviously we still make mistakes so we still have to sweat a little. We still hold our canteens over our heads for 20 minutes at a time as sweat rolls down our backs after getting caught talking, but we now have the opportunity to earn our evening routine where we get to make ourselves better by taking care of our uniforms. We’re learning that if we want more time to get better, we have to start doing better. And for the most part we’re doing just that.


At this point the puddles are drying and we’re wiping the sweat from our bodies so we can prepare for the weeks ahead. There is hope for Whiskey-193.



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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