Whiskey 194 Recruit Journal Week 06

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Whiskey 194 Recruit Journal

Formed: July 25, 2017

Graduates: September 15, 2017

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Week 06 Historian Summary

 

Welcome to a week of Whiskey: The time has come to take the stirrups of recruit training and ride it like a wild stallion on the Cimarron. Week 06 has been a week of full instruction, training, growth, and focus. All of the essential tools needed to fully take week 07 by storm. Our week started with the company being divided into two groups rotating between firearm training and practical career advancement and preparation courses. The courses in career counseling gave Whiskey a clear picture of what it takes to obtain and sustain a specialty job or skill in the Coast Guard. Petty Officer Richardson, our classroom instructor, answered every question that we needed as well as any concerns that we may have had about like in the Coast Guard. To prepare ourselves for “life after boot camp,” we were also rewarded administration time to make sure we had our ducks in a row to pass on to the next phase in our budding careers. We also had our share of fumbles this week as well. Moving forward always has attachments in the form of growing pains. Our growing pains were much unnecessary though. At this point we should have known how to execute proper recruit communication, facing movements, and conduct at all times. Nobody is perfect and there is still room for improvement. Our faults do not defame us in any way shape or form; and our company commanders recognize this also. On an early Wednesday morning we were shaken from our sleep like a Cutter in choppy waters. Our Lead Company Commander, Petty Officer Tilton, marched us to the beach to reward us with our company colors. Colors are awarded to companies who show signs of full team inner working habits, unity, and recruit knowledge. It was definitely a major highlight of the week. In addition to our achievements in the educational and teamwork arenas, Whiskey-194 qualified in basic firearm training. We all learned about the proper procedures and techniques that go into handling weapons, and the responsibility that comes with it. As our time in recruit training comes to a close this means that companies that have seniority over us will dawn the graduation field. We had the pleasure to set-up and breakdown the graduation facilities for Uniform-194. It was definitely amazing to see in close proximity the faces and expressions of our shipmates who will now enter the fleet. Their graduation was a motivation affirmation that we will soon be there as well. We have also learned how to properly put on our dress uniforms, so that when the time comes we can walk 10 feet tall and bulletproof and look good doing it. Even though Whiskey has had a week full of exciting classes, moments, and motivational stepping stones; nothing can compare to our on base liberty. Saturday, we had our phones, plenty of junk food, and most importantly, time to rewind back into civilian mode for a few hours. The Harbor View Club housed us for several hours as we ate and talked to our families for what seems like days after only making brief phone calls and reading late received letters. It was the perfect ending to a day that started with an easy going morning, and a trip in the afternoon to see the Cutters and Stations that we will be serving on our in; in just a few short weeks. Sunday will be a day to reflect and regroup. The test is not over and it is time for execution and performance. Much love and respect to my shipmates. Until next time!

 

SR Dymally

“We have to breathe life into our visions and create the world we desire.”

 

P.S. To our families: We are coming home; prepare the festivities!

 

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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