Whiskey 196 Recruit Journal Week 03

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Whiskey 196 Recruit Journal

Formed: Nov 13, 2018

Graduates: Jan 04, 2019



Graduation Program: Posted Thursday afternoon: Week 7 Blog

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Under the “Graduation Date” Tab you will be able to find the Graduation Program


To view the Graduation Live: Time: 1100 AM

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*It should be noted that the live streams are a courtesy and not a guarantee. There could be technical issues or resource availability issues that would interfere with the stream. The live streams are not intended to be high definition productions of the graduation ceremonies.


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Week 03 Summary

With week 04 right around the corner, I have come to a horrifying realization. That is that we as a company have been on training wheels for the last three weeks. Recruit training shows no signs of stopping or even slowing down. But with new challenge comes new strength and transformation through training (and a dash of sweat). We as a company will triumph. This week brought us Seamanship, a class that teaches us the practical skills we will need in the fleet. I and the other recruits really enjoy the class not only because it provides us with skills needed to do our jobs, but also the respite it provides from the rigors of recruit training. With our instructor, Petty Officer Conda, we were able to relax a little bit. In this week alone, we have learned about knot tying, standing watch on a cutter, the Code of Conduct and how and where to go if someone goes overboard, among other things. We condense so much learning into relatively small pockets of time. Most nights, as I lay in my rack, I think there is not enough sleep in the world to prepare for the next day.

As with any week in recruit training, the company experienced a lot of sweat. This usually consists of a repetitive phrase (usually what we did wrong) screamed over and over as we hold something (usually our canteen) over our heads for an extended period of time. There is also Incentive Training, you know, push-ups, sit-ups, etc. This too is conducted whilst screaming at the tops of our lungs and is designed to correct deficiencies.

Our Company Commanders, loud and scathing as they are, are clearly people of passion. They yell at us and critique every single thing we do with a microscope because they believe in the highest order of the Coast Guard Core Values. They clearly want us to be the best possible Coast Guardsman we can be.

Today, during a relatively calm and sweatless morning, Chief LaKose, one of our Assistant Company Commanders, taught us how to properly shine our boots. It was clear he was showing us the things he cared for and the values he holds dear. His passion for the Coast Guard is so inspiring. Please be assured, whoever is reading this that your relative is being guided by very capable hands.

Whiskey-196 is a bit rough around the edges, but I have seen my shipmates do great things and truly believe in our potential as a company. Whether that potential will be realized remains to be seen. The stakes will only get higher.

SR R.L Barron


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.