Please describe in detail, "Watch" at Coast Guard boot camp.
I was in the army and our version was called, "Fire Watch". In retrospect, the old WWI barracks that army still uses a lot would probably become fully engulfed in a minute or so, and back in the days of people smoking in doors, (not in basic) there may have been even more fire danger.
In the army, the guy who had fire watch would wake you up in your bunk about 5 minutes early. You would get up, and put your athletic shoes on. The floors were kept at a high polish and we were not allowed to wear boots inside. Plus I guess it was quieter when you were clomping around on fire watch.
Once up and dressed, the prior guy on fire watch would give you a flash light and your watch would begin. You would report quickly to some sleepy guy at a desk on the main floor. He was like an E-4 I guess. Then you would go back to your platoon's barracks and that was it until you woke up the next guy.
Basically, you were required to walk thru with your flashlight something like every 10 minutes, then we would sit in the stairwell where the lights were on. As I recall, our fire watch was just an hour. At basic we would always shine our boots or something mundane during this time. I don't recall ever being told not to do that, and never remember someone getting in trouble for it. At airborne school and advance camp I even remember writing letters in the latrine, however, those schools weren't quite as intense as basic.
How does what I described compare to Watch at USCG Boot?
Side question, my son is on day 6 are they doing Watch yet?