Whiskey 198 Recruit Journal Week 05

International Maritime Signal Flag Whiskey

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

This week was the week that Whiskey Company finally pulled it together and became a real team. We started off rough by wasting our divine hours on Sunday and giving a horrible showing in front of the Senior Company on Tuesday, as a result our newly earned Whiskey pennant (“colors”) was taped up. It was a real wake-up call for us to march that way and we quickly got the message that recruit training is not over until we are on the bus. Once we pulled it together though, Whiskey really hit the gas. We received almost every pennant that we could: physical fitness, seamanship, marksmanship, manual alarm/close order drill, and our company commander and section commander pennant. All of them except for the final exam pennant. But this company always had a preference for sweating over thinking a.k.a. we are strong more so than smart.

With our success came rewards like earning desserts in the galley and singing cadence when we march, but most importantly was our cover-changing ceremony. We earned our actual Coast Guard cover and got to stomp over our, “Recruit,” ball caps. This is our first achievement that means anything outside the gates of Cape May. They are the first proof of our transformation from civilian to Coastie, and an indicator that we are the senior company on the regiment. Also putting a top-performance-target on our backs was the raising of the Whiskey flag Friday evening on the regimental flag pole; just another reminder of our roles and responsibilities as the senior company.

Among the company there is definitely a greater sense of camaraderie than any other week prior, and a friendly rivalry developed between the two halves of the company – Port side (even roster order numbers) and Starboard side (odd roster order number). We were split for our seamanship and marksmanship finals. Starboard side barely outperformed port in both, but the real victory was that both sides scored well enough to earn the whole company the pennants; we achieved those together. The whole company also continue to soak up valuable skills and knowledge on anything from how to use a government vehicle to the basics of first aid and CPR and more.

Capping off the whole week, as many of you no doubt already know, was our on-base liberty Saturday. Whiskey got a chance to go to the exchange, eat at the base restaurant and contact our loved ones from our mobile phones. Best of all though, we got to actually use the back rest of a chair and look around instead of straight ahead. Whether you received a call or not,  just know, friends and family of Whiskey-198, we are finally locked in, finally going in the right direction, and above all very excited to finish out this coming week with the 150% effort it deserves. Until next time, we love you!

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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