Whiskey-197 Recruit Journal Week 4

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This week has been full of ups and downs. We were introduced to evening routine. We completed time objectives, passed physical fitness enhancement tests, passed remedial swim tests along with other milestones. Sounds good right? Wrong! This week was more of the same, just like weeks of the past, full of sweat sessions. Sometimes you feel like the Company Commanders just like to see you in pain, but deep down we know it’s all for a reason and it is making us better and preparing us for the hardship we face out in the fleet. This journey may be a struggle, but we are getting better, even if it’s only a little bit. There were a lot of events that happened this week. To start things off, we took our individual photos in dress blue uniforms. There are things at boot camp that make you want to keep pushing through and this was one of them. There is a sense of pride that comes over you when we dress in blues. This week was also when we started firefighting. Earlier in the week was the practical portion. We had five minutes to get dressed out and fight a simulated fire, it was hot, everyone was drenched in sweat, but multiple people said it was the coolest thing they have done. The classes this week were by far the most interesting thus far. To date, we went over enlisted careers, housing entitlements, grooming standards and pay. The most important class was the assignments class. This was where we filled out our dream sheets, basically, you write down where you want to go after boot camp, so you know a lot of fingers are crossed. Shipmates put down Hawaii, California, Florida, and other cool places, but we know the needs of the Coast Guard comes first. Friday of week 04 was Tango-197 graduation, we got to march in it. It was very inspirational watching them sing “Semper Paratus” and knowing that will be us in less than a month. We just have to keep working hard and move forward. September 11th was this week and I knew it was going to be motivational to be at boot camp during this time, but it was way more than I thought. Before evening colors, the Company was shining our boots in the quarterdeck, all off a sudden we smelled gas, a few seconds later the fire alarm goes off and we do the fire drill we have trained for so many times. So there we are, standing outside, while fire fighters are running inside our building. Then of of nowhere, the flags get raised and the music plays. I will never forget that. This week was better for Whiskey Company, but we have to improve a lot more if we want to graduate together.

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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