Whiskey 194 Recruit Journal Week 03

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Whiskey 194

Formed: July 25, 2017

Graduates: Sept. 15, 2017

Whiskey 194 Historian Summary

Week 03


As a very sweaty week 03 comes to an end, Whiskey Company had an exciting week full of seamanship classes. In Seamanship, we learned to familiarize ourselves with the basic knowledge needed to be an efficient crew member. We were all taught ship terminology, knot tying, and all the different jobs that each of us could be responsible for doing if we find ourselves on a cutter; jobs like lookout, taking control of the helm, line-handling, and understanding what to do during various drills or emergencies. What makes seamanship so interesting is that we can now imagine ourselves carrying one of these duties and wondering what that life will be like. For example, just as the old wooden ships that crossed the ocean long ago had a crew member posted up atop the crow’s nest; nowadays, ships still have that same crew member posted atop the ship as a lookout for anything that may be a concern to the ship and its crew. It’s a job with tremendous responsibility and it’s a job that any one of us may be doing after we graduate. It puts into perspective why the company commanders expect us to have high self-discipline because not paying attention for a second could mean not noticing a pod of whales or a bobbling piece of wood that could endanger the ship and its crew.


Aside from classes, we had plenty of sweat sessions with our company commanders. Not the kind of “sweat sessions” all you beach body coaches are talking up, but the kind of sweat sessions where you pass full seabags around for what feels like an eternity, sweat through incentive training sessions, and just any general position of pain. Company commanders are wildly inventive when it comes to collecting sweat they’re owed. After this week though, whiskey was making some noticeable effort towards meeting time objectives and working together. It’s become apparent that a majority of the recruits are tired of sweating and want to spend more time training to be fleet ready. Our company commanders will train us, we’ve discovered, when we actually do what we’re supposed to be doing…if not…then it’s the dreaded pain instead of train.


Another important class this week included the military code of conduct, which are rules for what any prisoner of war should do if they’re found in that position. I know for most of us, this isn’t something we’d really considered much before coming here. Of all the classes this week, Monday’s survival float class was our favorite. We suited up in a flotation suit used in emergencies, where a person will be in the water for a prolonged period of time, which helps them stay afloat and prevent hypothermia. Each recruit was excited to jump in the pool for this training exercise and float around for 10 minutes, which was actually kind of stress free and relaxing.


Another highlight for whiskey this week was getting to participate in Sierra’s graduation ceremony. Although it was hot outside and standing at parade rest for an extended amount of time was hard for some, it was encouraging to hear what great things everyone had to say about these recruits who just 4 weeks earlier, stood where we stood. This was a big morale booster for all of us. Ah, Graduation Day: a day that every recruit here is greatly looking forward to. Hopefully, we will all graduate together as 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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