Whiskey 196 Recruit Journal Week 07

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Whiskey 196 Recruit Journal

Formed: Nov 13, 2018

Graduates: Jan 04, 2019

This may have been on of the most transformative weeks for Whiskey-196. It was a very rewarding week full of new beginnings and responsibilities. Our week began with Christmas on everyone’s mind. Operation Fireside was a huge success. Although before we could be sent off base with host families for Operation Fireside Whiskey company got a big reminder that this is not the time let our guard down. Instead of chestnuts roasting on an open fire our day began with “Fire, Fire, Fire.” We all made the naughty list and after some incentive training we agreed to behave like a week 07 company. From that point on it was fairly smooth sailing. We returned to base at the end of the day grateful for a chance to call home and spend time with the local families that welcomed us into their home.

A big focus for this week has been to finalize our travel plans. We got administrative time to call our new units. Research housing, and fill out paperwork. It might sound tedious but planning for our future is often the highlight of our day. Keeping our eyes on the prize helps us stay motivated. It might feel as if we’ve already made it but that’s a dangerous trap many recruits fall into. Our Company Commanders always warn us training doesn’t end until noon Friday of Week 08 and anything can happen until then.

A huge accomplishment this week was passing our close order drill and manual of arms test. We’ve been practicing since Week 2 with our pieces (model rifles) to make sure our manual of arms movements look sharp and precise. Next, we marched our hearts out for close order drill. These are skills we practice every single day so it was an important test. Our hard work paid off because we passed with flying colors.

Our long awaited off base liberty was this Saturday. We marched to the front gate and were set loose on the town wearing our dress blue uniform. We had the whole day to do things we haven’t been able to for 07 weeks. Some of us went to the movie theater, shopped around, and visited our favorite restaurants. While others got a hotel room to rest for a day. Before being granted off base liberty we had to pass our final exam, a 50 question test with almost half the test being closed book.

This week was all about transitioning us from Recruits to Non-Rates ready to report to our new units in one week. If we keep up the same pace we will all graduate on Friday. Our company has lost a lot of shipmates along the way but this is a very selective process. Success comes at a great cost but is worth every bit of effort we put in.

SR Camberlain, 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.