Whiskey 194 Recruit Journal Week 02

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Whiskey 194

Formed: July 25, 2017

Graduates: Sept. 15, 2017

Week two was all about learning the basics. Every recruit is now held accountable for their actions and because of that, week two was full of learning experiences. Besides the classroom time, recruits spend every hour of every day with the Company Commanders. Whether marching, eating chow, or packed like sardines on the Quarterdeck, each company commander has put in countless hours trying to get us to be fleet ready with little success. Of all of them, Petty Officer Placencia is always extra sharp to catch unaware recruits who mess up and his methods of discipline are always witty. Although he dishes out punishment, he taught the recruits how to salute. He, like all of our other company commanders, is a teacher as much as disciplinarian….all except Petty Officer Ventura that is. He hands out punishment like Grandma hands out her fresh baked cookies. One of his favorite’s is called the “integrity check”;recruits hold their canteens out in front of them while he checks to ensure every single canteen is filled all the way to the tippity-top. On one particular occasion, he chose a recruit to help him check all the canteens. He chose a recruit who, as it turns out, has a think Southern Accent. He started walking round checking each canteen and saying, “Foool, Foool, Not Foool”. As we all tried to hold back the snickers, Petty Officer Ventura asked him, as if to imply that he was wrong about a canteen he said was full actually being full, “Are you sure this one is full” and the recruit replied, “Yes, Petty Officer Ventura, I can see the meniscus”. It probably doesn’t seem that funny for those of you at home reading this, but this was the closest thing to stand up comedy any of us have seen or heard since arriving and it took everything we had to hold in the belly laughter.


The recruits are under constant stress from reveille to taps, maintaining composure throughout every minute of every day which requires a lot of self discipline. Most of us are wondering if we made the right choice in coming here at all. The company commanders demand the highest standards and expectations from the recruits, but those funny moments help ease the transition from civilian to military life. Already we’ve learned about rates and ranks, saluting, customs and courtesies, and have taken our swim assessment (some not so successfully). As week two comes to an end, Whiskey Company has officially come down with a cold known as the Cape May Crud. Eleven of our shipmates are in the ward with fevers and sickness and everyone left in the squad bays are coughing up a storm. Although we’re struggling through the sickness, we continue to push through and we are ready for the next challenge. Look out week three, here comes Whiskey 194.

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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