Yankee 189 Recruit Journal Week 03


Yankee 189 Recruit Journal Week 03

Formed: June 10, 2014

Graduates: August 01, 2014



Spending 3 straight weeks with the same people, in close quarters and high stress situations will really bring out the rough side in people. In the military they call that “Teamwork”. Needless to say as with any family tempers rise and emotions flare. It’s at this time the company commanders know to turn up the heat and begin purifying the silver they have invested within our company. The furnace temperature began to climb Tuesday when morale seemed to be its lowest since Yankee’s arrival 2 weeks ago. Our performance and concentration was horrible, the feeling of home sickness was hitting hard and the endless bouts of incentive training were really making recruits question their decisions. As our lead company commander told us early on, “Like momma said, if you’re not smart, you sure are gonna be strong!!” Although we usually pride ourselves on intellect, Yankee-189 is sure flexing some muscle!!! Besides the intensity increase, week 3 had plenty more in store for the company.

Our week began with watch stander classes which made more recruits fall asleep ironically. This is no new event at boot camp. We have learned everything has a purpose, even the sleep deprivation and forcing yourself to retain knowledge in that state of mind. Seamanship classes also began this week. It made us begin to feel like real Coast Guard recruits. Plus we saw the water for the first time here!! It was a definite mood booster and the impact was unmistakable. Not to be out done the week still had plenty more to throw at us.

Friday came fast approaching and with it was our first participation in a graduation ceremony. It was a roller coaster of emotions for our company. We were jealous, awestruck and proud at the same time. Our favorite part was when our lead company commander EMC Hickman led us by the reviewing stand brandishing his sword with the “eyes, right” command. You might as well thought we were peacocks the way our scrawny week 3 chests were puffing out!!

Enter Saturday an all day schedule of seamanship down by the water seemed like an unforeseen gift wrapped within our training schedule. Oh boy, were we wrong!!! While at seamanship class we were completely unaware of the storm that was brewing back at Munro Hall. Our first warning sign should have been when our company “rag” was javelined out onto the parade field by a frequently upset lead company commander. What happened next is hard to describe. As we entered the house we noticed something was different. It may have been the millions of shredded paper strands, flipped desks, squad bays flipped upside down, gigantic shoe mountain, trashed bathrooms or the strewn garbage!!! But I think you get the hint. It was mayhem and completely our faults. The lack of attention to detail really…really…really came back to kick us in the tail.

This week has taught Yankee many lessons in following orders, rules and regulations, effort and ultimately teamwork. Together we learn, grow and move forward to a dimmer furnace and clam winds. Until then, we continue to weather the storm.


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.