Whiskey 198 Recruit Journal Week 04

International Maritime Signal Flag Whiskey

This has been an important week for Whiskey. We have seen a lot of progress, learned a lot of lessons, and even began to resemble a real company. This week was search and rescue week which means we have exactly 10 minutes from the time we are woken up to be in formation ready to go to morning chow the first couple of days were a struggle. Monday only about half of the company made it outside in time, by the end of the week though most of us have gotten fast enough that were outside with almost a minute to spare.

Just like our morning routine, our training has begun to speed up quite a bit we had our first class on firefighting Wednesday followed by practical class during which we had the opportunity to handle a live fire hose and try on the basic protective equipment, It was also a week of hard lessons we lost four shipmates to a surprise rack inspection held by the Section Commanders all too easily preventable mistakes. After our terror died down our company commanders impressed upon us that this was more than a little bit our fault, helping out our shipmates for just five minutes could have prevented every single reversion and realizing that was a hard blow to the company on top of that we lost another four to the recruit aptitude motivational program It was a grueling four hours of sweat for six shipmates. When some of them came back they were told to pack their bags for those of us left we are starting to realize as one of our mentors told us today that the light at the end of the tunnel is not in fact a train.

Calling our units gave us a much needed reminder of what all of us are here for in a little time to plan for life after boot camp. Today was especially momentous because after working through the confidence course and listening to the motivational creed if the Coast Guardsman, we finally received our colors our company flag that shows a Whiskey pennant rather than a black W on a white field as we move up to being one of the senior companies the Whiskey way has begun to change from constant sweating. Whiskey Company has earned a little bit of the pride you have in us and though we still have a ways to go this company will continue to push and continue to improve until we are all true Coast Guard’s men and women.

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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