Yankee 189 Recruit Journal Week 02


Yankee 189 Recruit Journal Week 02

Formed: June 10, 2014

Graduates: August 01, 2014


Yankee-189 Week Ø2-   13-22 June 2014

“Failing to prepare is preparing to fail”. At the very beginning of the week our lead company commander challenged us to give 100%, 100% of the time. Many of us had no idea what the following week had in store, but we would soon find out what the meaning of discipline is and how it relates to our future military career (hopefully). The “beat down” begins…..Yankee-189 experienced a great deal of incentive training to help break down many of the tendencies and habits we picked up throughout our lifetimes; things as simple as touching our faces, talking when we aren’t supposed to and being responsible for our own possessions. These are hard lessons that many of us had to learn.

A prime example would be how many of my shipmates and I had our racks tossed or our “pieces” taken as a result of not securing our racks. Another lesson that we are still learning is how to react properly to any given stressful situation. The galley is the ultimate shark tank because we are given the simple task of eating and following proper galley procedures. All of a sudden you are completely caught off guard and asked questions on material that you’ve had little time to review. Needless to say, the galley is both our favorite place and our worst nightmare.

Often times, people think that boot camp is a place where you simply learn how to clean do pushups and get yelled at. Here at TRACEN Cape May that is far from the case. We have classes ranging from military customs and courtesies to all that the Coast Guard has to offer. We have bike classes; pool sessions and we go through team building exercises. Although we experience different hardships as a company we are beginning to show signs of a true team working towards a common goal of graduating.


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.