Whiskey 197 Recruit Journal Week 07

International Maritime Signal Flag Whiskey

Formed: August 20, 2019
Graduates: October 11, 2019

Week 07 was a busy week for Whiskey Company. At the beginning of boot camp, we were all just individuals, but now we are a team. Monday included classes about leadership and first aid/cpr. Later that day, we had a surprise visit from Chief Knapp. This caught everyone off guard, things were not squared away and he noticed. He sent us outside and put us through an intense incentive training session. That night ended on a better note though. We had our first debrief with Petty Officer Hernandez. A “debrief” is when a company commander allows us to relax and tells us about themselves. At the end of them we are allowed to ask questions. The following morning Chief Smith debriefed us before morning chow. Things seemed to slow down and we started being allowed to do more things and have more responsibility. Later on Tuesday, we learned about line handling and took our closed book seamanship final. We received the seamanship pennant for having a 92% or better average. After chow most of the company certified in first aid/cpr. On Wednesday we completed our line handling practical. Later that day we had a Trops inspection with the Battalion Officer to make sure we knew how to wear the uniform before our off base liberty. On Thursday we had a video chat with Master Chief Bushy on the big screen. There was a mic set up in the back and one by one, we asked him questions. Friday was huge for us. We took our final exam and we received the pennant. Then we marched in Victor Company’s graduation. After chow, we did our manual of arms and close order drill tests. We’ve been practicing for the past two weeks for those tests. Our section Commander passed us and we received his pennant. After the tests, we had our capping ceremony. This is where we stow away the Recruits ball cap and put on the Coast Guard ball cap with the pin. We also had our company flag raised, but we had to sweat and be loud to get it raised. We are now the senior company. Friday night ended with a debrief with Petty Officer Bucaneg and Petty Officer McPeters. Saturday morning we marched to return our pieces (rubber M16). We had a lot of pain with them, but they were our babies. I even gave mine a kiss goodbye. After that it was finally time for our off base liberty. These past seven weeks have been nothing short of crazy. Before coming here, I read a post online that said “boot camp is the worst thing you’ll ever do, but it’s also the best thing you’ll ever do.” If you would have asked me during the first 05 weeks I only would have agreed with the first part. Seeing everything culminate and come to a close, I couldn’t agree more. A few short days from now we will finally be Coast Guard Non-Rates!

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

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