Whiskey 196 Recruit Journal Week 05

International Maritime Signal Flag Whiskey


Whiskey 196 Recruit Journal

Formed: Nov 13, 2018

Graduates: Jan 04, 2019


Whiskey-196 Week 05 Summary

Here we are at the end of week 05. More than halfway through our training and about to be the most senior company on the regiment. A lot has happened this past week to mold us from a “pack of crazies” into a company ready for week 06. It started with doing search and rescue every morning. This means we have 15 minutes to wake up, get out of our racks, do morning muster, get dressed properly and march from James Hall to the galley. Moving with a sense of urgency each morning has really helped us with our speed, a vital skill in a real search and rescue case.

On Monday we had the highly anticipated Battalion Commander Inspection. Master Chief Wadley thoroughly inspected each of us in our operational dress uniforms. A single loose thread, hair out of place or a scuffed boot could put you in danger of getting sent back in training. For the majority of us all of the fretting over ironed uniforms and shined boots paid off. The Battalion Commander said that we were one of the better looking companies in the past few weeks. This was a big win for Whiskey!

We are definitely learning to “trust the process” of basic training and gain a better understanding of why things are the way they are. Everything we do here has a purpose no matter how pointless it may seem. In one of our classes this week we watched videos of real search and rescue cases. It made us wonder to ourselves how silly our biggest concerns are right now compared to real life in the Coast Guard. This week we gained better insight into why we must start small. For example, we follow strict traffic patterns just about everywhere we go to train us to plan our route, as if we were evacuating a burning ship. We must always look straight ahead, known as keeping our “eyes in the boat” because in a man overboard situation we would need to always keep our eyes on the person overboard, blocking out all other distractions. All of the feedback we get from Company Commanders is negative because we need to learn from our mistakes and move on. We all fail at times but we can’t give up.

We set sail through some choppy waters this week, had some good times and plenty of bad. We received our dress uniforms and never felt more proud and fancy in what we were wearing. We stood watch at Uniform-196’s graduation with the stress of our entire chain of command expecting us to be on our best behavior, watching our every move. We had Section Commanders tear apart our racks one by one. Although what made it all worth it was getting our orders. We found out where we will be stationed and were allowed a quick phone call to inform loved ones. There is a light at the end of the tunnel and we now know where it leads.


SR E.C. Chamberlain


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.