Whiskey 195 Recruit Journal Week 05

International Maritime Signal Flag Whiskey


Whiskey 195 Recruit Journal

Formed: March 13, 2018

Graduates: May 04, 2018


Week 05 Summary for W-195

This has been one of the toughest, but most rewarding weeks for Whiskey so far. We have overcome an incredible amount of obstacles; both mentally and physically. Week 05 is called “Search and Rescue” week, the company wakes up at 0530 and we have 15 minutes to get dressed, take muster, and march to morning chow. Surprisingly we haven’t been late once.

On Monday we had a brutal uniform inspection which we passed with little to no casualties. Chief Milligan lined us all up judged our uniforms and grilled us on our required knowledge. Unfortunately our victory of passing our uniform inspection got us a little too much. We had what is known as a “week 05 dive”. It’s when a company gets too comfortable and under performs. All the sudden we were quiet and moving slow, but PO Buchanan fixed our attitude problem with combination of heavy ropes, rifles, and pain; all the ingredients to make a good recruit.

On Thursday night, Whiskey participated in a blood drive. You wouldn’t think getting stabbed with a needle would be one of the better parts of the week, but when we got there they had an array of snacks and sweets we haven’t seen in 05 weeks. After we donated blood we were able to sit and talk while eating oreo’s, chips ahoy, and cheez its. Even though the blood drive was a nice little escape, it doesn’t compare to what happened Friday morning. Our three company commanders marched us to the beach, and as we stood out there looking at the ocean, Chief Snyder read out our duty stations. After Chief Snyder read our orders, they would then repeat it and the whole company would scream the location at the top of our lungs.

It was one of the most life-changing experiences for everyone and whiskey out on the beach only a few people got orders to a duty station they were unsure about. Chief Snyder was quick to remind us that whatever unit we were sent to it would be a new adventure and that is the end it always works out, because the Coast Guard family takes care of each other.

The next day we met with our mentors Master Chief Vanderhaden an Admiral Vojvodich at the confidence course. The confidence course is an obstacle course made to push yourself to be able to do more than you thought you could with teamwork and self-drive. We crushed the obstacle course with our mentors alongside us. I’m not sure how many people can say that they’ve had a two star Admiral hurdle over logs and swing himself over a pull up bar. Then our LCC, Chief Snyder, succeeded in leaping on the over a large log which in his words “made him blow out of a rib because of us”. After tackling our self-doubts in fear of heights we got to sit down with Admiral Vojvodich and Master Chief Vanderhaden and talk to them about reporting your first duty station and what’s next for the Coast Guard. They got us really excited about our new career is giving us more insight on how we can achieve our goals, “You are Coast Guard elite!” As Admiral reminds us every time we get the privilege of sitting down with him. So he can better prepare us to get in the fleet. Now that we are one of the top three senior companies on the regiment will have a lot to prove thankfully this is been a changing and impactful week for us. We’ve come together and formed into the strongest company on the regiment, and we are fighting to be the best. Although sometimes, we still move too slow which results in us standing with our hands over our heads and Chief Snyder playing an electro rap song about killing a mosquito. So we still have growing up to do, as well as a whole lot to prove. With our strong teamwork and positive outlook we plan on making week six the week we prove ourselves to the company commanders and the regiment and hopefully earn our colors.


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.