Yankee 189 Recruit Journal Week 06


Yankee 189 Recruit Journal Week 06

Formed: June 10, 2014

Graduates: August 01, 2014


Week 06 Summary

“All Aboard the Week 06 Rollercoaster”
Week 06 turned out to be quite the rollercoaster ride for Yankee 189. We experienced some significant highs as well as a few lows this past week, but as always we were able to pull through yet another week. Week 06 allowed the company to learn some very valuable practical skills such as firefighting as well as highly important soft skills that would be essential for when we finally enter the fleet.

The peek before the big drop on Week 06 rollercoaster was that Yankee finally earned the privilege to no longer square our meals. At first it did not seem like a major milestone because we have been squaring our meals since Week 01 of boot camp, but it made a significant difference once we learned that no longer squaring our meals like recruit robots was only the first privilege of many we would earn going from recruit to non-rates. By far the ultimate peek of the Yankee Week 06 Thrill ride was the night we earned our colors! Our Company Commanders lead us out on late evening march to the ocean, and as the waves crashed behind our Lead Company Commander he reminded us of the harshness of the ocean and how we as future Coast Guardsmen will measure up against its vastness. A short incentive training session, in the dark on the beach, later we had colors in hand screaming, “Yankee, Yankee, Yankee.” Yankee 189 also earned the privilege to sing cadence we march along with the sweet satisfaction of dessert and coffee during chow time which will hopefully help keep us awake as we enter into the final weeks of training more sleep deprived than ever.

With all the highs of Week 06 it would not be boot camp without some lows, and unfortunately Yankee 189 hit a few that really hurt the moral of the company as well as went against the Coast Guards second Core Value, Respect. Boot Camp is undoubtedly one of the more stressful situations any of us have ever endured and as the stress and sleep deprivation became more intense we were stopped communicating effectively and began to lash out at one another, but as always with a little help from our Company Commanders we were able to pull it back together and perform as one unit again. Being able to respect one another is a valuable lesson we all had to learn because as we get closer to the end of our boot camp journey the fleet will require much more from us all and it will be our job to hold true to our Core Values.

A few really cool things Yankee 189 learned this week was how to properly put on firefighting gear and fight a fairly realistic fire simulation. We also learned how to do inspection arms with the M-16 pieces we were issued that now has moving parts. As we get closer to our manual of arms test we train harder to not only do the movements, but to do the movements in unison. The truly challenging part will be to get all 68 shipmates to release the bolt at one time, but with a little more practice Yankee 189 will be bolt releasing masters.

In addition to all of the exciting things Yankee189 has learned and earned this week, we also participated in our first off base run and experienced a small taste of freedom through on base liberty. The off base company run was a great experience because we were cheered on by the people we will one day be expected to protect, defend, and save. As we passed by each and every person it was a clear reminder of why we train so hard. While on base liberty gave us an opportunity to speak to the loved ones we left behind, as well as eat as much junk food as we could in the short amount of time we had.

Lastly, Yankee 189 began to prepare for what has yet to come by getting our official US Coast Guard Ball Covers, of which we will wear proudly once we graduate. We also received our military ID’s and numerous opportunities for career counseling in preparation for the next step of our Coast Guard careers. All Yankee 189 must do now is remain consistent in giving 100% effort 100% of the time and August 1st will be here in no time.

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.