Yankee 189 Recruit Journal Week 05


Yankee 189 Recruit Journal Week 05

Formed: June 10, 2014

Graduates: August 01, 2014

Week 05 was a big week for Yankee-189 because as we became the second most senior company in training we faced major changes, significant experiences and notable milestones.

The most significant of all the changes would be the losses and gains of shipmates within the last week. We experienced growing pains as new shipmates began to try to find their place within our company. The stress levels began to peak by the end of the week and as a result shipmates struggled to meet time objectives and effectively communicate. Which we paid for dearly in the form of sweat and incentive training. Soon we will find places for our new shipmates as we all continue to adjust.

The silver lining of this week’s boot camp inspection cloud was all of the activities we were able to participate in. On Sunday we participated in the sunset parade which was to pay respect to our nations independence day. Also we were able to tackle the confidence course which was an amazing experience because not only were we able to push ourselves and accomplish intimidating obstacles, but we were allowed to cheer each other on creating a significant morale booster within the company.

Notable milestones for week 05 are that we earned a pennant for our company colors (that we have not earned yet) for having nearly the entire company sign up and donate blood. Many of us were excited about the snacks the red cross gave out once you were finished donating. We were fitted with our dress uniforms. Even though we are far from the end of training being fitted in the uniform we will hopefully wear one day was enough to make us to work hard. We are hoping that one day soon we will be able to say that we have earned the right to wear the Coast Guard uniform.

Last but certainly not least Yankee-189 received their orders this week!!! Upon successful graduation from boot camp we will depart for cutters and stations. Everywhere from Guam to Alaska, Key West and Guam. One by one each of us rang the brass bell on the parade field and called out our orders as a part of an ongoing Coast Guard tradition. We are all excited for what is to come in the near future and the future looks bright as we continue to work hard, stay focused and prepare for the future that awaits us.

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.