Whiskey 198 Recruit Journal Week 03

International Maritime Signal Flag Whiskey

Formed: June 16, 2020
Graduates: August 7, 2020

Hello parents of Whiskey-198! It’s already the end of week 03, But don’t jump ahead because we still have quite a mountain to climb. This week has been wake-up call. And any idea we had about skating through training are definitely gone.

We have had a hard time adjusting to the standards our Company Commanders have set for us and the standards are only getting higher. I’m sure a lot of you watched the video of us being introduced to our company commanders, and I promise it was even more intimidating in person.

By the end of the first day some of Whiskey were definitely getting cold feet, but it’s too late for that now, we’re in the fire now. But it’s not all doom and gloom! The point of boot camp is to learn, and Whiskey Company has spent a lot of time in the classroom doing just that. We’ve covered everything from shaving to sexual assault prevention and a lot in between. Learning about military culture and law, the resources available to service members (03 cheers for the Post 911 G.I Bill), and immediately practical skills like standing watch or raising colors.

Not all lessons were learned the easy way though – we need to be faster, louder; even faster and even louder. Being in a life-saving service means that we must be able to respond in a professional manner without a moment’s notice, and Whiskey-198 has had to push even to approach that standard. Pushing through has become something of a motto as we strive to live up to our core values of Honor, Respect and Devotion to duty. Every day Whiskey company is given a choice to be a smart company or a strong company, and given that most of us are more familiar with our heavy mock M16 “Piece” than we are with our rackmates. All that striving has been for something worth doing, and we are being built up even as we are being broken down.

Everyone at Cape May wants us to succeed. Why else would we have a Vice Admiral as our company mentor? When we push through the pain there’s always a light at the end of the tunnel. For us that’s knowing that if we make it through next week not only will we learn where we will be stationed, but we will also have time to call our loved ones and tell them. Keep your phones close!

Parents: Think fondly of your recruits and the better people they are being molded into. They have dedicated their lives to serve their country and their communities. Be proud of your recruits, and we will keep working until we’ve earned that pride. Your historians of Whiskey-198, SR Hammen SR Santiago-Saavedra.

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. Recruits write Recruit Journals 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, to ensure authenticity of the content and messages.

To view the Graduation Live: Time: 1100 AM The live stream of the graduations is 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.

Graduation Program: Go to: http://www.forcecom.uscg.mil/Our-Organization/FORCECOM-UNITS/TraCen-Cape-May/ At the Bottom Left side of the page, you will find the Graduation Program link.

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