Yankee 190 Recruit Journal Week 02




Yankee 190 Recruit Journal

Formed: February 24, 2015

Graduates: April 17, 2015

We began as a group of strangers at the Philadelphia USO exchanging greetings and enjoying our last civilian meal. We were recruits from Alaska to Puerto Rico, California to New York, but we would soon become one unit. As we arrived at Training Center Cape May, and the bus backed in front of Sexton Hall our voices lowered to silence and our hearts were beating through our shirts. Company Commanders stomped onto the bus and that is when we realized our lives were changed forever.

Forming Week we received shots, x-rays, new uniforms, learned new rules and regulations, learned a new way of talking and many others things that seem like a blur in our skulls (as they are called now.) This lasted all week at Sexton Hall until Friday afternoon when we met our Ø4 Company Commanders that were here to train us. We had no idea was lying ahead for the weekend that we were about to have.

Monday Morning of Week Ø2, whistles were blowing and our Lead Company Commander was yelling at us to “Get up! Get up!” It was Ø53Ø in the morning, and this was another day beginning here at Training Center Cape May. Before you know it the day was almost over, but it would not end with a pleasant meal as one would think. We met our Assistant Company Commanders, and the storms that they were bringing in due to our lack of motivation and dedication. This went on throughout the week until we hit Sunday morning when we had Divine Hours, which is Ø5 hours to ourselves. We can work on racks, uniforms, write letters or go to church. It is personal time just for us. Week Ø2 was a stormy week, and did we catch all the debris that had been left behind. We are trying to come together as one, but still have a lot of work. We go into Week Ø3 with our heads held high, and hopefully we can grow from there.

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.