Whiskey 195 Recruit Journal Week 04

International Maritime Signal Flag Whiskey

Whiskey 195 Recruit Journal

Formed: March 13, 2018

Graduates: May 04, 2018


There are days when it is easy to forget why we are here and only focus on the sweat sessions, lack of sleep or missed time objectives. But this week things became more real. Thanks to several classes we gained some focus on the future we are working toward.

It started with small things like a class on how housing works. While it is not an exciting class, it does cause us to think about the future. Speaking of the future, our career class was a great charge to our batteries. Gaining more insight and understanding to what each rate entails, caused several of us to consider rates other than what we came here planning for. The Coast Guard is an exciting and amazing place to work. Also, Culinary Specialist is the most important rate according to Petty Officer Borsuck, because in the fleet bad food makes unhappy people which results in poor performance.

We took our photos for graduation this week, which really makes you focus on the end goal. The greatest of the boosts we had this week was filling out our dream sheets. This is where we pick our top four districts and even request a specific state or station. It was very exciting to be able to sit down and really consider where we would like our enlisted careers to begin.

However, don’t let all the talk of excitement and batteries being recharged fool you, this week had several major failures that led to our company flag being tossed into the grass on several occasions and one of our Assistant Company Commanders gave up on marching us because we were being sloppy and lazy. We failed several generous time objectives that eventually led to a drill where we practiced our morning changing and grooming routine over and over until we got it done in an acceptable time frame.

This week also brought firefighting classes. I don’t think any of us expected a simulated fire to be as intense as it was. Between smoke so thick you couldn’t see past the person in front of you, strobing lights and the sounds of explosions, running through the room in a squatted position wearing 60lbs of firefighting gear was extremely tiring and stressful, but also a ton of fun! The entire company loved it.

One of the best moments this week was when we took a run with Chief Snyder. Although “run” might not be the most accurate term. It was a double time march which is fast enough to make you tired but slow enough to drive you crazy. It was practice for our run through Cape May next weekend. Chief Snyder taught us a song for the march, everyone was really excited after. It really feels like we are coming together as a company. Week 5 will be a transitional period for us where we start taking even greater strides as a company.



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.