Whiskey 197 Recruit Journal Week 01 and 02

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Whiskey 197 Recruit Journal

Formed: August 20, 2019

Graduates: October 11, 2019

Graduation Program: Posted Thursday afternoon: Week 7 Blog

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Today was the first day we had divine hours, we were woken up as usual but after a delicious chow, chief Smith informed us of what needed to get done and we began our time to ourselves. To be frank, many of us have been scared out of our minds since we arrived. After divine hours (0800-1300) it was brought to our attention that we had the great distinction of being the absolute worst company Chief Smith has ever had. So he has his work cut out for him.

We receive a lot of special attention in the form of push-ups if we forget to respond correctly to the Company Commanders (CC’s). They are terrifying. The brims of their hats make them seem faceless. It is an uneasy feeling that we do not know if they are looking at us or not. Right when we think they done see us they just appear. This happens often. This means that this company is going to be very strong or jacked. Maybe the strongest company in the history of the Coast Guard. At the end of the day it could be a lot worse. We could have never received the chance to try and become Coast Guardsman. Now we have made it through indoctrination weekend. So now we see that there is a light at the end of our tunnel.


This week began as a tuff week for Whiskey Company. Every day begins with blinding lights and loud whistles followed by the words “FIRE, FIRE, FIRE”. This is treated as if it were a real emergency. We have to quickly get out of racks, put our socks and shoes on and be outside in 120 seconds. And we are counting down from the moment we are woken up. This also happens at any point throughout the day. When it happens we drop what we our doing and start counting down and quickly make it outside. These words are not a good thing for Whiskey Company. If we head those dreadful words we know that were about to begin sweating profusely with some special exercises. These include: Planks, flutter kicks, crunches, mountain climbers, and burpees. We never know when this could happen. It could be for any number of things we have done wrong such as: Not being loud enough, not being on time for chow, or for just not paying attention to detail. These are things Whiskey Company does frequently, or should I say doesn’t do frequently.

We can already tell that our Lead Company Commander is getting tired of repeating himself. And this has led to us playing more challenging “Games”. One of these so called games are with our new issued item that we have received. A rubber M-16 that we have to refer to as a Piece. We have already learned sever things with this such as holding it over our head, holding it out in front of us, squats with it straight out from out body, and aiming at a 45 degree angle like a sniper ready to take out a plane. We keep hearing that we could be learning other things with this Piece but that has been all for now.

Another fun activity we do here is to back our big green “sea bag” full of all of our stuff and pass them in a circle till they tell us to stop while we yell things. We have made a lot of mistakes throughout the week but it seems as if boot camp is getting easier. But we all know that isn’t the case. We are just starting to figure things and try and work together more and more every day.

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.

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