Whiskey 196 Recruit Journal Week 06

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Whiskey 196 Recruit Journal

Formed: Nov 13, 2018

Graduates: Jan 04, 2019

Whiskey 196 – Week 06

Here we are at the end of week Ø6. We are now officially the senior company at TRACEN Cape May. We have made it this far, and there is not backing down now. It is a big accomplishment, but it is a big responsibility to take on; to be the image of what a Recruit must look and act like.. Countless hours of sweat and screaming our faces off have got us to the point where we are at.

Throughout the week, the company was split. Both Port and Starboard got have hands on firearm’s training. We were all taken off base to do live fire training. Before taking off our Company Commander gave us a pep talk to try and get our company and our names on the bulkhead in Goff hall. As many took the time to study and relax, many were focusing on the mission. And it seems for the past Ø6 weeks that’s the only thing that Whiskey has been focusing on. As we went through instructions and started firing, the adrenaline pumped through our veins. After hours of training, sadly, Whiskey did not get the name on the bulkhead.

Physical fitness is a big priority in Recruit Training. For the past Ø6 weeks we have had multiple intensive training sessions and scheduled training. As our Lead Company Commander says “It’s all about the effort you put in.” All of the training has lead up to this point to see if we pass our physical fitness assessment. As we started to stretch out you can feel the anticipation in the air. As we get into our ready positions, we think did I put enough effort in? After completing the push-ups and sit-up portion we get the word we will be running outside.

As we step out of the doors, we get hit in the face by a freezing wind. We were informed that it is 31 degrees with 15 miles per hour winds. As the whistle blows it’s a race against the clock and our body tells us to go but the elements say stop.

Saturday, the day we have all been waiting for. As we wake up many are excited for our on base liberty, but some are only thinking about pugil sticks. As cheers echo from all around the fighter goes toe to toe with another.

After a long morning we finally get to contact our friends and families. Six hours doesn’t seem long, but for Ø6 weeks, it’s the best six hours of our lives. Getting in contact brought a lot of motivation to everyone. It’s the motivation that keeps us recruits going. Though we all have been through hardships here at TRACEN Cape May, we are nearing towards the end. Like the say it is just eight weeks. We are nearing the end of the tunnel and the bright light is growing. Soon enough we will be on our way in life.

SR Larkin

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.