Yankee 192 Recruit Journal Week 04


Yankee 192 Recruit Journal

Formed: May 17, 2016

Graduates: July 8, 2016


Week 04 Historian Summary

If week four is any indication of how the rest of our training will go then it certainly seems like we will be out of here in no time. Week four absolutely flew by for Yankee-192 as we hit many milestones that signify we are one step closer to reaching our ultimate goal.


Week four began with a bang literally. We finally took a class that everyone had been waiting for, firearms training. For an entire day we learned the ins and outs of the standard Coast Guard side arm. We learned firearm safety, the different parts of the weapon and how to strip it and reassemble it. Then it was off to the range for some live fire training. Twenty nine percent of the company qualified as marksmen with one shipmate qualifying as an expert! The mood was dampened a little though as we missed the marksmanship pennant by one percent. A thirty percent was needed. We missed it by a measly one point!


Next it was off to the gym to take our physical fitness test. Pushups, sit-ups, and running in wind that would’ve blown Dorothy all the way back to OZ. Yankee-192 destroyed our fitness test. Those shipmates who fell just short the first time crushed the retest, meaning Yankee is good to go!


The fitness test wasn’t the only test we took this week. In the middle of the week we took our midterm exam something most of us were stressing turned out to be all for nothing with the company passing, many with a 90% or higher!


But perhaps the most significant event of the week was filling out our “Dream sheets” For so long we all thought about where we wanted to go and what type of unit we wanted to go to. And this week it became a reality. We were literally like kids in a candy store. So many districts to pick from, so many units to request. Filling out our dream sheets also meant spending some more time with our company mentors. We meet with them about every other week, where they answer many questions we have and offer us words of encouragement. They were so proud to watch us turn our dream sheets in. Now all we have to do is deal with the excruciating suspense of waiting.

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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