Whiskey 196 Recruit Journal Week 04

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Whiskey 196 Recruit Journal

Formed: Nov 13, 2018

Graduates: Jan 04, 2019


Weekly Summary 04

As week 04 comes to an end we have a lot to look back on. We passed our close order drill test and earned the right to march ourselves as a company. Every now and then we get to take the reins and “left, right, left” by ourselves around the regiment. Soon enough we will have our real Whiskey flag with us and march ourselves with our true colors. Speaking of true colors, tonight as we were in the middle of sweating our faces off with our pieces in sniper position, Chief Knapp reminded us as training goes on we begin to reveal our true selves. As we step into week 05 we are going to learn a lot about being a Coast Guardsman, as well as who we really are as a company. This week we were tested on what we have learned so far by taking our midterm on Friday. Everyone passed the 50 question test with a sigh of relief. Our next big test that we have been preparing for comes on Monday in the form of the Battalion Commander inspection. We will don our inspection ready uniform and face judgement. We will be quizzed on required knowledge as well as our uniform and facing movements. Whiskey Company gained a lot of recruits from Victor Company the day of their inspection, so failing this test comes with heavy consequence for sure. There are now 02 junior companies behind Whiskey and it is time for us to start working as a team or join one of those companies. One thing this week that really lifted our spirits and helped to motivate us was filling out our “dream sheet” of preferred locations we would like to be stationed after graduation. Everyone is really eager to get their orders next week to find out where we are headed. They say things happen fast after that and once our course is charted for our first unit things will start to feel all the more real. In a few weeks most of us will be at a station or on a cutter ready to serve our country. For some it will take longer, but that’s ok. Like they said when we got off of the bus, this is a 12 week program that you can do in 08 weeks. Everyone trains at different speeds. Although the faster we help our fellow shipmates, the faster we can get through this. Week 05 here we come.


SR Chamberlain, E.C.


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.