Yankee 191 Recruit Journal Week 04



Yankee 191 Recruit Journal

Formed: September 15, 2015

Graduates: November 6, 2015


Once again another week has come and gone for YANKEE company, as we wrap up week 04 and Forward March into week 05. One phrase to describe week 04, I would say it was one heck of a ride. Like a roller coaster, YANKEE has experiences the up’s and down’s, twists and turns, and the exhilarating rush all in one. Like the beginning of a roller coaster ride, the week started on a good steady pace as we began Devine Hours where we were able to get away from all the yelling and Incentive Training and relax. Similar to when a roller coaster begins to take that slow rise to the top of the hill and you start to wonder what your fate will be, YANKEE had thoughts like this. “Will this be a good ride or the worst ride of your life” were the questions running through our heads as we began contemplating how week 04 would go. Then came Monday with a clean slate for the new week and instead of this roller coaster taking a dive to our deaths, it surprisingly made a turn. YANKEE was on their “A-Game” and giving a hundred percent. We got to go to the gun range and blow off some steam and release some stress as we fired away at the targets. So far this was becoming one of the best rides YANKEE has been on. Then the roller coaster began to take a slight dive and fear started to creep into the minds of YANKEE company just a little as we were starting to fail missions and paying in sweat. I think YANKEE was getting a little too comfortable on this ride and needed a little wake up call. What better payment for our mistakes than sweat, and who better to get the job done than the Wolf Pack. The roller coaster started to go down, but somehow the dive down wasn’t as bad. As YANKEE began to come back to their senses, the coater began to ease up right around the same time we filled out our dream sheets. Dream sheets are interesting as it throws the recruits to the edge of their seats and puts butterflies in their stomachs. Day in and day out YANKEE-191 lives on a minute to minute basis and suddenly they are looking 05 weeks into the future. It gives the recruits hope as they begin to brace themselves for the twists, turns, loops, and hills of this wild ride. When I say this, I do not mean to mislead you avid readers. This week has had well over its fair share of let downs, or “drops” if you will. The recruits of YANKEE-191 are beat; we have dug ourselves into a hole with our disobedience. This sent out coaster into a downward spiral. Dazed and confused, the recruits came out of this and rode out the midterm and physical fitness assessment. These were no easy feats and YANKEE-191 conquered them. It is these feats that propel the ride forward, charging along the tracks loud and proud. We are finishing off the week at a bit of a downward position as far as our performance goes. However, we are hoping for an easier ride in days to come. All the while remembering “chow, chow, chow, chewy bar.”

Semper Paratus

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.