Whiskey 194 Recruit Journal Week 04

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Whiskey 194

Formed: July 25, 2017

Graduates: Sept. 15, 2017

Whiskey has finally broken through its half way point–NOTHING about week 04 was easy. It started out with whiskey meeting their section commander who we found out very quickly can dispense red belts as she pleases. Without any hesitation there were 05 recruits wearing red belts by the end of the 20 minute visit.

Now everytime somethings left dirty, trash isn’t taken out, or anything is left unsecured, we all know what’s coming, we pay dearly IN SWEAT. Whiskey has started taking care of everything that needs to get done including finally meeting some time objectives and getting better at wearing our uniform.

This week wasn’t all sweat for whiskey it was also a week full of firefighting. Recruits learned all about fire prevention extinguishers and finally ffe and how to use it. Recruits got the opportunity to learn about each piece and put it on. We then got to run into a room of smoke. While on oxygen, so dense you could barely even see the person in front of you. Holding the hose, we had to adjust the setting and put out a simulated fire.

All of whiskey had a blast in class; being placed into a real life situation like that was fun and exciting , however, that wasn’t the main thing on whiskey’s mind during week 04. Whiskey was focused on something much bigger…something that is going to change all of our lives–the dream sheets. Putting in our dream sheets is an opportunity to select a location we would like to get orders to. We were given some time to sit and think, in front of a map, and choose our fate. Some recruits already had it figured out, and filled out the sheets in a matter of seconds. Others, had a complete change of heart as they were staring the map down, and wrote something completely different from what they had been talking about since day 01.

Now going into week 05, we’re anticipating receiving our orders. Every small victory brings us one step closer to finding out our fate. This means it’s up to Whiskey to step up to the plate and show what were made of.

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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