Yankee 190 Recruit Journal Week 04


Yankee 190 Recruit Journal

Formed: February 24, 2015

Graduates: April 17, 2015

Week Ø4 Summary for Yankee-19Ø


We reached the midway point on our journey here at Training Center Cape May. The saying is true, “The days are long, but the weeks fly by.” Week Ø4 was a rollercoaster to say the least; from firearms training and filling out our dream sheets, to “Fire, Fire, Fire” and our Company Commanders sweating us to death.

Our Company Commanders taught us the importance of discipline, commitment and integrity through lecture and physical incentive training. We were pushed to our limits, our Company Commanders expect nothing less than 11Ø% effort and motivation at all times. If one shipmate fails, we all sweat. As is in the Coast Guard, it only takes one shipmate’s mistake to sink our whole ship. Yankee-19Ø is adapting and improving, as well as working as a company to keep our ship afloat.

We entered into practical training this week with helm commands, firearms and deck seamanship courses. The most important lesson we had, however, was on rack making. We got a surprise visit from our Section Commander and a few Chiefs, who annihilated our seemingly correct racks and pointed out our flaws by instilling the most raw fear imaginable into our little thumping hearts. The aftermath was hard to watch as we saw many of our shipmates packing up all of their belongings and heading to their new company.

This week was not all about our Company Commanders pushing us until we break or drilling us until we turn into robots, but about the great moments in which we learned something. We took our graduation pictures with the dress blues and our name tags on. No matter how mentally and physically drained we all were, that made us all feel like we were 1Ø feet tall and bulletproof. We also filled out our ream sheets of where we want to be stationed. It is hard to see there is an end here, but that reminded us all of how close we are to realizing our dream. The highlight of our week was earning the pennant for Academic Achievement on our Mid-term. Earning a “Good Job” from our Lead Company Commander is a great accomplishment and not to be taken lightly.

As much as we want to look ahead at our first station or count the days until graduation, we cannot. Yankee-19Ø must focus on the mission at hand and continue to improve. We are better than we were a week ago, but far from where we need to be next week.

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.