Whiskey 193 Recruit Journal Week 03

International Maritime Signal Flag Whiskey

Whiskey 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: December 6, 2016

Graduates: January 27, 2017



Week 03 Summary


One of the most accurate sayings I’ve heard about boot camp is, “the days are long, but the weeks are short.” Week 03 came and went so fast that the days ran together and we forgot if were eating breakfast, lunch or dinner. As the weeks go by we take in so much information that when we attempt to recall it we fail miserably, but we continue to learn more anyway.

Until this week our classes haven’t engaged us. We, before this week, sat in class trying our hardest to lift our heads and force our eyes to stay open while we took notes and listened to our instructors. This week, however, we got to learn about deck seamanship, marlinspike, helm, lookout, and knots. In deck seamanship we learned about the anatomy or cutters and the vocabulary that the Coast Guard uses on them. In Marlinspike, my favorite class, the instructor explained the difference between synthetic and natural line and which situations you’d use one over the other. Most excitingly we learned how to tie knots. My shipmates and I can now tie bowline knots, square knots, clove hitch, slip clove hitches and the round turn and two hitches.

We might have learned a lot this week, but we are falling behind as a company. Our company commanders really have tried to give us tools to be successful, but we haven’t performed consistently. When we mess up we do incentive training. We mess up a lot, so we had to have quite a few classes rescheduled to accommodate.


In the beginning of recruit training I believed that the company was behind because we were new recruits. New recruits are supposed to be terrible, but each day our company commanders seem more and more exasperated by us. We talk when we’re not supposed to and we don’t heed the sincere advice they give us. From what I can tell the company as a whole is finally beginning to get tired of pushing line for our mistakes, so hopefully we can catch up in week 04.


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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