Whiskey 194 Recruit Journal Week 07

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Whiskey 194 Recruit Journal

Formed: July 25, 2017

Graduates: September 15, 2017

 

Whiskey Graduation Program:

http://www.forcecom.uscg.mil/Portals/3/Documents/TCCM/Documents/W194.pdf

On the Website (For one week only) …..
http://www.forcecom.uscg.mil/Our-Organization/FORCECOM-UNITS/TraCen-Cape-May/

 

Today marks the end of week 07 for Whiskey. Not only was it the end of another week, but it was also the end of us being under another company, the end of us having excuses to make, and the beginning of us finding how we truly are as a team.

 

The week started off kind of rocky. On Sunday, after allowing ourselves to get too relaxed, we were called out for our poor performance and bad decision making. Don’t worry though; we definitely got what we deserved for it. After 05 hours of holding out canteens, pieces, and passing sea bags, you could say the company had learned a bit of a lesson.

 

Monday brought us skills we are going to use for not only our careers, but the rest of our lives too. We learned how to actually save lives. The CPR and First Aid class taught us all about how to treat all kinds of cuts and bleeding wounds, to shocks and burns. Plus, after those amazing up-to-date Red Cross videos, you could say we’re all experts and doing CPR to a beat.

 

Tuesday brought us our seamanship line handling class. Whiskey got to toss a rescue heaving line towards the top half of mannequins sticking out of the ground, as if to simulate a person in the water throwing their arms up for help, (everyone who got the line in between their arms got bonus points, too). After, we got the opportunity to sprint some laps in the pool.

 

But Wednesday… Wednesday was the one of the days of the week that Whiskey was looking forward to. All of our sea-going shipmates got a little taste of what they’re going to be doing when they’re actually aboard their ship. We all stood atop a big mock-up deck of a cutter and took turns throwing lines over to a pier just a few yards away, to simulate what it would be like docking and pulling away from a pier, and what the deck crew would actually have to do. We learned all the commands, procedures, and tiny details about handling the line on the deck. But the best part came after seamanship. All of the males were given their high and tights. To most people, a simple haircut doesn’t mean much. But after 07 weeks of walking around with a shaved head, looking like every other recruit on regiment, it’s a big deal. These haircuts are practically beacons toward every other company, reminding them who to truly look up to.

 

Thursday brought the start of the debriefs with our Company Commanders. The first one was with our lead, Petty Officer Tilton, who explained to us all about her background and why she had joined the Coast Guard. Just getting the chance to sit and talk with the same people who had been screaming at our faces to, “have tight fists”, was an unforgettable experience. It turns out; they really are normal human beings after all. The next debrief happened after we nailed our close order drill and manual of arms test almost flawlessly, scoring a 19 out of 20. We ALMOST received the Section Commander’s Pennant as well, but it was withheld due to the awful condition of our squad bays. With gear adrift everywhere, and the trash not taken out, it was honestly a mess.

 

But the failures this week taught us what not to do, and how not to act. But the successes are what are important. After acing both our final exam, and our close order drill/manual of arms test, cutting our hair, and truly coming together, Whiskey is now ready and set for whatever task is thrown at us. Come surf, storm, or howling gale, Whiskey will be there, and we will stand our ground.

 

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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