Whiskey 194 Recruit Journal Week 05

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Whiskey 194 Recruit Journal

Formed: July 25, 2017

Graduates: September 15, 2017


W-194 Week 05

Although week 05 had its fair share of remedials and incentive training, it was a turning point for the recruits. The Battalion Commander, Senior Chief Pace, did his uniform inspection of Whiskey Company on Monday of week 05 and it set the tone for the week to come. With week 05 comes a greater sense of responsibilities and professionalism, no longer can we do the “week 02 mistake” slide. While this week was jam packed with classes, it was one of the most mentally tough weeks with the stakes getting higher, orders getting issued and being able to finally talk to our loved ones after 5 long weeks. We were also issued dress uniforms which came with great anticipation because every recruit looks forward to wearing those uniforms, particularly the tropical blues. The blood drive on Thursday saw recruits lined up with over ninety percent participation from whiskey trying for our first attempt at saving a life. This accomplishment will award whiskey their second company pennant that will hang alongside their colors…..whenever we finally earn them, of course.

Although we received our orders Friday morning, earning our colors will require whiskey to come together and demonstrate that we are ready to be coastguardsmen. It’s not as easy as it sounds though and after a surprise visit from two section commanders Friday morning, whiskey lost a great deal of recruits. Any one of us is at risk of being sent back a week in training when we fail to meet the standards– it all depends on who is staying on their toes and having attention to detail at this point.

Finally, Saturday was a day for the recruits to take a slight break from keeping their military bearing. As we faced the confidence course, the recruits lined up to tackle each obstacle. The course itself is not meant to be the most physically demanding but it allows recruits to trust in the directions they were given and boost individual confidence. At this point everyone needed this. The recruits also were paid a visit by their mentor Deputy Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard, Leilani Cale-Jones. This gave the recruits a chance to have questions answered about there orders and what to expect in week 06. Not to mention, Master Chief Cale-Jones brought DONUTS for all of us and that was probably the single most delicious thing any recruit has had to eat at training.

As week 05 comes to an end, the remaining recruits of Whiskey Company go into week 06 understanding that it’s full steam ahead until September 15. Even then it doesn’t stop but atleast well get to breathe easier. As we head into week 06, whiskey makes the transition into becoming a senior company on the regiment and looking forward to what lies ahead.


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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