Whiskey 195 Recruit Journal Week 03

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Whiskey 195 Recruit Journal

Formed: March 13, 2018

Graduates: May 04, 2018


W-195 Week 03 Summary


Oh how we hurt in week 03. Burdened by an endless onslaught of remedial instructions! Between long sessions of butt whooping and fire drills, we experienced the wonders of seamanship, a class dedicated to practical ocean faring skills.

It’s there we learn line-handling, helm communication and the expansive vocabulary relevant to naval exploration. It’s a relaxing class and one of the first learning experiences we partook in that doesn’t involve some kind of suffering.

Our close order drill progresses smoothly, it remains sloppy, but the increased practice sessions have tightened it up significantly. Other classes such as code of conduct remind us of why we endure the many challenges of recruit training. We do it for others, our organization, and our country.

Chief Snyder exposed a bit of humanity and led us on a bike workout. It was a surprisingly enjoyable experience before he quizzed us about our required knowledge and ramped up the resistance on wrong answers.

We also received name tags and identification cards which further cemented Whiskey Company as a legitimate unit. Considering we’re at the cusp of earning the coveted peanut butter and jelly from Chief Snyder. It gives myself and my shipmates something to look forward to!

Things are looking up for Whiskey 195. Even our racks don’t look nearly as atrocious as they were in those far away post forming days. The newest things are the red belts that are being handed out for recruits who go on probation. They are out in full force. The poor unfortunate souls saddled with probation dealing with heightened scrutiny from their company commanders who seek their destruction.

The recruits reverted into our company are here bolstering Whiskey’s meager supply of recruits. Old salty dogs they are, rattling off horror stories of RAMP, probation, and section commanders and their frequent bouts of rage.

In summation, our company’s motto rings true in my ears…”If we chase perfection, we can catch excellence”.

No one is perfect, but maybe with time, we can catch excellence.

SR Henson


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.