Yankee 192 Recruit Journal Week 02

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Yankee 192 Recruit Journal

Formed: May 17, 2016

Graduates: July 8, 2016

Yankee-192 WK 02 Summary

 

We all watched “It’s Just Eight Weeks.” We had been preparing for months. We all thought we were ready. We were all dead wrong. None of us will ever forget the first time the bus passed through the front gates of Training Center Cape May or when we pulled up to Sexton Hall. Nothing can prepare you for when a Company Commander gets on the bus and is instantly in your face. As we stood on the infamous yellow triangles, one thing was going through our minds, “What did I get myself into?”

And just like that, Yankee-192 was born. A motley crew of young men and women from every corner of the country, we are all here for the same reason: To join the finest service the world has ever known. To earn the right to call ourselves United States Coast Guardsmen.

Yankee-192 looks a lot different than when we left home two weeks ago. Our hair is shorter, we all wear the same clothes, and for many of us, a brand new set of glasses that could probably survive a nuclear blast. We are no longer individuals. We are a team.

The past two weeks have been chock full of you name it. We took our initial PT Test, swim test, and we have been hitting the gym and pool with regularity. We’ve been taking classes on Military Customs, Identifying and Greeting Coast Guard Personnel. We learned the importance of having a squared away rack. We’ve had some tight time objectives, some we made, some we failed. But every failure is only making us better. Every incentive training session, every rep of an evolution, it will all pay off in the very, very long run.

At this point in training we are all tired and sore. This is no way easy. But every now and then there are moments that lift our spirits. Like incidents of Yankee-192 being used as target practice for low flying seagulls. Those are the moments we will remember for the rest of our lives.

There is a quote that reads “Pain is temporary, but glory lasts forever.” It’s hard now, it seems bleak at times, but we will burst through that wall, and when you see us next, we will be walking like we own the earth. So here we go Yankee-192, time to show the world what we’re made of.

 

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.

 

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