Yankee 189 Recruit Journal Week 04


Yankee 189 Recruit Journal Week 04

Formed: June 10, 2014

Graduates: August 01, 2014

YANKEE-189 WEEK 04 Summary

“The week of higher everything”

Week 04 was a busy week for Yankee-189 because as we surpass the half way mark of our boot camp journey expectations are beginning to shift for us as a company. We continue to learn from our mistakes, take responsibility for our actions and grow as a company. Unfortunately as many of us grow stronger others get left behind and although we hate to see empty racks where our shipmates once laid we can only hope that they continue to push on to transform into future Coast Guardsmen. For many of our classes this week we found ourselves split into two groups’ port and starboard. Switching back and forth between class schedules meaning we were responsible for getting to places on time without the comfort and protection of our company commanders. The responsibilities did not stop there because we also began to contribute to activities such as watch standing, colors and work detail. Although, many of the new responsibilities that have been thrown our way have time objectives, we always seem to pull together to get the job done. This week was also full of major decisions for many of our shipmates as they filled out their dream sheets. We had the opportunity to log on to our official coast guard e-mails and learn many of the administrative details of life as a coastie. We went on to learn about the honor and importance of performing colors with pride and respect.

As a company we spent a decent amount of time this week demonstrating many of the things we learned so far, particularly in seamanship where we had our knot tying evaluation as well as our helm commands evaluation. Seamanship was nothing compared to the firearms course we took where we learned to take apart and put back together the Coast Guard’s pistol as well as fire it in a simulator. Many of our shipmates had never held a gun before but most of us scored well. Lastly we had the opportunity to go on our first company run with our lead company commander. Undoubtedly it was a very unique bonding experience for us as a company, because as our feet struck the deck in unison you could almost hear the pulse of the company. With every step we grew stronger as a company. Yankee-189 is transforming slowly but surely into a team dedicated to accomplishing our goals and as the week closes and we are promised to face new challenges we will rise to the challenge and eventually adapt accordingly.


“Failing to prepare, is preparing to fail.” –Benjamin Franklin

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.


8 Responses

  1. Mr_Idaho says:

    Nice job Yankee 189!!! You made if 1/2 way. Your friends and family are proud of you. Keep up the good work.

  2. Krystal K says:

    Glad to hear you all are coming together as a team and becoming stronger. We are all extremely proud of you! Your half way there. Never give up. The pain is only temporary!!! Congrats Yankee-189. Don’t stop fighting. Keep it up!

  3. Becky Williams says:

    It sounds like this is the “fun” part. Lots of memories in the making, and yes, more than half way through, already there is fulfillment and accomplishments.

  4. Stephen Williams says:

    “Only” 4 more weeks to go, the responsibilities are now more significant, the training more intense and the reward ever closer. Yankee 189 keep your eyes on the prize, tough it out, you can do this. Lexi, we love you, think of you every day and trust that you are safe. Love Dad

  5. CraigG says:

    I don’t know anybody in Yankee 189, or anybody who has ever been in the Coast Guard, but I want to let you all know that as an American I’m proud of the sacrifice you are all making to serve your country. You’re half way there and Godspeed!

  6. Geri Lewandowski says:

    Push on through Yankee 189! We are praying for you at home. Semper Paratus!

  7. Hope Miner says:

    Thanks for the personal update. Love hearing from you!

  8. Candace Swilley says:

    Be encouraged, Be strong, Each day is a new day and there is hope for tomorrow as you push through!! So proud of SR Swilley and all Yankee 189!!