Whiskey 195 Recruit Journal Week 07

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Whiskey 195 Recruit Journal

Formed: March 13, 2018

Graduates: May 04, 2018


Graduation Program: Posted Thursday afternoon: Week 7 Blog

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What a week for Whiskey! For the company, this week has been an emotional roller coaster for sure. We’ve been up, we’ve been down, and we’ve been marched all around. Our company has taken the lead this past week and we are ready to show the regiment what it means to be called a Whiskey-195 recruit. We’re loud, proud and always ready. This week we finally proved ourselves as a worth company. It most definitely didn’t start out as it ended. I’ve heard once that the best way to tell a story is to start at the beginning, the briefly go to the ending, before returning back to the beginning before continuing on…That sounds confusing to most unless you’ve lived this, so I’ll just start with last Sunday.

Bloody Sunday

The end of week 06 was an extremely painful one for our company. Somewhere in that dreadful day our company had stumbled back into week 02. Shipmates were turning on one another and we know that is never a good thing to do. We are taught to respect each other, communicate, understand, and support one another. This was absent on our last day of week 06 (much to our lead company commander’s disappointment) and we had to somehow redeem ourselves…


Day 01 of week 07 was a much stronger day for Whiskey and by stronger I actually mean physically stronger. We started our week with an intense workout session in the gym. We also started waking up a half hour earlier at 0500 so some of the shipmates were a little more grumpy than usual. Highlight of the day? Coffee!! We earned coffee in the galley. A much needed perk for Whiskey Company. But is it enough for us to get our act together? Stay tuned to find out.


Whiskey finally for out time in the pool. A half hour swim session was almost rewarding for the recruits in our company. Being in the water felt like home for those 30 minutes. A chance for us to spread our wings and fly! Fly like a flying fish! Belay my last. We swam! It was awesome.


Ever have one of those days where you just don’t have much to talk about? This might have been the ONLY day since day 01 that I’ve ever felt this way! I’m not sure if that is good or bad, but I’ll take it. We earned dessert in the galley today! That was definitely a nice treat! Pun intended! Now we can dunk our donuts in our coffee (if that’s your thing, no judgment here!).


The pressure is on for us. Thursday held some major steps to moving onward. The recruits of Whiskey 195 had our time to sign our orders. The signatures that solidified our next chapters. After the signing of our orders, we shifted our focus to Friday. Our BIG day! The day we crumble or rise above the rest…The Friday to rule all future Fridays!


This is it! Our chance to shine. Not that the weather wanted to cooperate or anything. Today is the day. The academic final where our knowledge of all things Coast Guard is tested. We needed to pass this test in order to graduate and if our average was high enough, we could earn the academic pennant to put on our colors. We were up for the challenge though and received that pennant. Add it to the books! The final only marked part one of the test. Our true test was in part two. Close order drill. Marching as a company and moving as one unit. This test was proctored by our section commander Chief Milligan. Whiskey had been practicing all week and all thorough training for this one shot. We were confident. We stood tall and proud. With PO Passmore leading the company, we scored a perfect 10! We earned the section commander’s pennant. Immediately following that success, PO Passmore and PO Buchanan commenced IT and we earned the company commander’s pennant. This was for proving ourselves as a company to our company commanders but executing what they had been teaching us all these weeks. Three pennants in one day! How could it get any better?!


Oooooh if you’re waiting with baited breath to see if things could get better, it did! Three words for you! OFF. BASE. LIBERTY! I’m sure most of you reading this heard all about our amazing day off so I’ll keep this brief. We officially took our first steps out in the world as grown, senior recruits. Our final test before we can leave our humble beginnings at Cape May and become a part of a much larger community; the United States Coast Guard!


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.