Yankee 192 Recruit Journal Week 03



Yankee 192 Recruit Journal

Formed: May 17, 2016

Graduates: July 8, 2016


Week 03 Historian Summary

Week three has without a doubt been the hardest week for Yankee company, both as a whole and individually for a lot of our shipmates, and to top it all off, everyone in the company is dealing with the notorious Cape May crud, though it appears that it may be becoming the black plaque.


We’ve had a lot of one on one with our company commanders; Petty Officer Castle is our lead company commander. Petty Officer Castle is like Master Splinter from the Ninja Turtles. He’s an excellent teacher, but you do not want to make him angry. Then there’s Petty Officer Perez. Remember the scene in Jurassic Park where the T-Rex eats the lawyer, well Petty Officer Perez is the T-Rex and we are the lawyer. And then there’s Petty Officer Hardy. Petty Officer Hardy is the Joker. She always cracks jokes, but if we laugh we die.


This week saw Yankee-192 begin our Seamanship classes, learning the five basic knots, hot to conduct a proper lookout, and how to properly execute helm commands and maneuvers. All things we will be doing when we leave Cape May.


We are no longer the junior company on the regiment we have more responsibility with the younger company looking up to us. We are meeting more and more time objectives and we are getting louder!


We were issued our military identification cards and within hours somebody lost theirs. Needless to say there were some very unhappy company commanders after that. We also donned survival suits for the very first time and practiced the techniques that could keep us alive should the worst happen in the fleet.


Like our first two weeks here, we are learning some very interesting things about our shipmates, and when we say interesting, we mean mostly embarrassing.


Yankee is starting to come together, slowly but surely we’re getting there. We have a huge week ahead of us, including our midterm exam. We do well, we start earning some privileges. I’m sure a lot of people in this company would like to taste coffee again.


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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