Whiskey 197 Recruit Journal Week 06

International Maritime Signal Flag Whiskey

Formed: August 20, 2019

Graduates: October 11, 2019

Week 06 was expected to be the beginning of the end. Things were supposed to get easier. Week 06 would fly by and we would ride into the sunset during week 07 and 08. This was not the case. The first half of the week was full of sweat sessions. It felt like we couldn’t do anything right. Before I go in depth with the sweat sessions, I do want to talk about the big events this past week. So, you know how we got our orders last weekend? Well, Monday was the first time we got to speak with our units. While we spoke with them, we filled out our “first unit reporting guide,” a list of questions we had to ask our sponsors, like what to wear and when to report. Tuesday was the day we did our final fittings for our dress uniforms. Everyone will be looking good for graduation. We also did our final fitness assessment and only a couple shipmates failed. Boot camp definitely makes you better at pushups, sit-ups, and running. I believe everyone improved since our first fitness assessment. Wednesday was 08 hours of firearm training. This was where we learned to aim, the proper stance, and how to safely handle a firearm (Sig Sauer P229 40 Caliber) the Coast Guard way. Thursday was the actual live fire training. We drove an hour away to a range to shoot 48 rounds at a target. The entire company was excited and shot pretty well. Even the ones that never shot before did great. In order for us to get the marksmanship pennant, we had to shoot with 75 percent accuracy. We shot 83 percent as a company. Friday was the day we did Grad support for Uniforms graduation. Our job was to be set up in positions to direct visitors where to go. This was also good practice for knowing ranks and when to salute. Saturday was very eventful. The day started with “Pugil Sticks.” Basically, a gladiator style fight with padded sticks and gear so you don’t get hurt. Probably one of the best things we’ve done so far. After that, Chief Smith and Petty Officer McPeters took us to two 87 foot Patrol Boats and two Fast Response Cutters. We got to tour them and ask the crew questions. This was helpful because most of Whiskey Company got put on cutters. After the tours we got our “on base liberty.” The moment we’ve all been looking forward to. 05 hours with our cell phones. And we used every minute to talk to our loved ones. I wanted to wait until the end to talk about the sweat sessions because they lead up to a defining moment for Whiskey. The first 03 days of week 06 felt like week 02. It seemed like every chance the company commanders got to beat us, they did. Wednesday evening we were told to pack our sea bags and go outside. When we formed up, we marched for an hour with our sea bags. It was honestly one of the toughest things we’ve done. When we finished, we held sniper position for 30 minutes. Then we passed sea bags around the company commander isle until it was dark outside. We were given a time objective to finish passing sea bags in 200 seconds. We did it. Chief Smith walked us over to the enlisted memorial and gave us a speech about how we need to do better because the fleet is real and we could be the difference between someone living and dying. After he was done, he told us to look at Sexton Hall. We looked. Then he said, “Do you see something you want?” There it was finally. Our Colors. We screamed “yes, Chief Smith.” He replied, “Then go get it!” We ran over cheering, grabbed our colors and yelled a massive “mission complete.” But, the mission is not over until October 11th. SR Cuthrell, S.T.

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.

Graduation Program: Posted Thursday afternoon

Go to: http://www.forcecom.uscg.mil/Our-Organization/FORCECOM-UNITS/TraCen-Cape-May/ Under the “Graduation Date” Tab you will be able to find the Graduation Program .

To view the Graduation Live: Time: 1100 AM The live stream of the graduations are viewed by going to the training center’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/uscoastguardbootcamp *It should be noted that the live streams are a courtesy and not a guarantee. There could be technical issues or resource availability issues that would interfere with the stream. The live streams are not intended to be high definition productions of the graduation ceremonies. If you are looking for higher quality video products from your loved one’s graduation, you should contact VTS at 609-365-8889.


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