Yankee 191 Recruit Journal Week 06


Yankee 191 Recruit Journal

Formed: September 15, 2015

Graduates: November 6, 2015


Week 06. This week has been quite a transformation for Yankee-191. We are officially the senior company, we earned our stripes, and we earned the opportunity to talk to our loved ones once again. The notorious week 06 started in full throttle, ready for war. Yankee was put to the test and only the strong would survive. It was time to whip Yankee not only into a good senior company, but the best senior company to have come. The only way to do that was to mentally and physically break us down, and the waves were definitely on the prowl. They went for blood, sweat, and tears, and they refused to back down. This is how it goes, the Company Commanders have only 08 weeks to take a civilian and crush and mold them into a salty, gritty, loud, proud Coast Guardsman. Week 06, however, has contained many of the key tools that are used by our Company Commanders, a model if you will. First comes reward, a release of pressure. Yankee-191 obtains their high-fidelity pieces and the recruits are ecstatic about their prizes. That is, until they had to lift them. Of course it wouldn’t be right if we didn’t break in our new pieces, sweat style. “Get ’em straight Yankee”, “Front Sweep position, take”. These pieces were nothing like our plastic ones. It made the IT session more of a torture than usual. Just when Yankee thought the beatings were over, and felt like they were squared away and locked on, the wolves had a different motive. Yankee was in for what they thought was going to be the worst day ever. The wolf pack marched us to the beach. “Find some real-estate Yankee”, the code word for you are about to die. Face in the sand, Push-ups, crunches, “on your feet”, Yankee knew the worst was yet to come. “About, Face!”, yelled the Big Bad Wolf. As we turned around, there she flew in all her beauty, ole’ Ruth dressed in yellow and red. Yankee finally earned their colors. All the sweat and tears were not in vain. Yankee chanted to the regiment and let it be known, heads high and voices loud. Yankee was officially a senior company. The feeling was indescribable, we’re there, Yankee has the wind on their stern and tall seas to their bow. The next night Yankee-191 was allowed to let this sink in through long, arduous physical punishment. Week 06 would finally meet its end with one last prize earned by the recruits of Yankee-191, on-base liberty. On-base liberty allows the recruits of Yankee-191 the opportunity to eat what they want, talk to one another, speak with their loved ones, etc. A port call for a crew that has been beat by the seas of recruit training. This much needed time reminds the recruits of Yankee-191 what we all are fighting for, why we roar, why we run, why we push the earth until our bodies fail. Yankee-191 begins the charge into week 07 with this wind in their sails and they can feel themselves growing and molding day by day, always remembering the creed that gets them through each day, each hour, each wave; “chow, chow, chow, chewy bar”.



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.