Whiskey 198 Recruit Journal Week 03

International Maritime Signal Flag Whiskey

Formed: June 16, 2020
Graduates:  August 07, 2020

Hello parents, friends and loved ones of Whiskey-198 this week was a week of anticipation, but we finally got our first set of orders! That, plus finally getting our identification cards and learning how to log into the Coast Guard system. That would make you think that we are improving as a company but you would be wrong.. Every time we were given a little freedom we mess it up and we got so bad we even had our company flag turned upside down for a day. That means, of course, that we are in distress. As a company and many of us still need to make changes to meet what is demanded of us.

Back to a bit of the brighter side of our training, we finally started our seamanship classes this week. For many of us this is what we came here to learn. These 03 hour classes allowed for plenty of question time with the extremely knowledgeable instructors that we got to interact with.

We also received new members from Victor-198, something that doesn’t bode well for our next week as a company, but pushing through has been the norm and we can’t stop now. In one sense we do know we are improving because even though we still can’t really do anything right, we do seem to be doing things a little less wrong.

And then there was the time we tried to march ourselves back to the house without a Company Commander or even permission from a company commander. Whiskey-198 is pulling together as a team, but that team is still making a lot of very ill-advised decisions. We are convinced that the sweat we paid for that mistake will be dripping down Whiskey’s face for the rest of our time here at Cape May.

It’s really the small things that have kept us going; things like being trusted with a work detail without direct supervision, being taught to drill with our mock rifles, and even the simple luxury of earning more drink options in the galley. Perhaps the most meaningful to us (because it saves us sweat) is our affirmation that we are finally, sometimes, very occasionally, loud enough! Well parents, friends and loved ones, we’re getting there! A few steps forward, falling into a manhole, and slowly crawling out while groaning in pain. Keep your phones close, and keep your recruits in your thoughts.

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