Yankee 192 Recruit Journal Week 05




Yankee 192 Recruit Journal

Formed: May 17, 2016

Graduates: July 8, 2016


Yankee-192 Wk 05 Summary


Five weeks down. Ask anybody in Yankee-192 and they will tell you it’s absolutely terrifying how far we have come and how fast it seems to have gone by.


The highlight of last week was filling out our dream sheet with our assignment request. And now, after a week of excrutiating waiting, we have finally received our order to our first duty stations. We all know where we are going and soon Yankee-192 will be spread far and wide to places like Alaska, Puerto Rico, and Florida making our mark in the fleet.


Week five had its fair share of ups and downs and stressful moments. Early this week we had our big uniform inspection with our Battalion Commander. Decked out in what we thought were inspection ready uniforms, we stood at the position of attention as the Battalion Commander looked us over the same way we look at those still off-limit desserts in the galley. Needless to say our uniforms were not as inspection ready as we thought they were. Later on in the week, we had our rack inspections with our Section Commander, with the inspection actually happening while we were away from the squad bay. We returned to find a Section Commander that was please with some shipmates and not so pleased with others. Our reward? Perhaps the most intense sweat session we have ever had.


But week five was not all doom and gloom. We hit many more milestones this week. Aside from receiving our orders, we were fitted for our dress uniforms. We felt on top of the world strutting around in our brand new, un-tailored, dress jacket and pants that made us look like a little kid who put on dad’s suit. But we didn’t care. We are starting to look the part and boy, are we liking the look.


We also had a chance to meet with our company mentors. With the company finally having our orders, we were jumping out of our seats to get all the information on our first station as we could. They were almost as excited as we are….almost.


So another week is in the books. The light at the end of the tunnel is starting to appear and Yankee-192 is coming together at the perfect moment in time. When we were told we passed a squad bay inspection today. We felt like we won’t the lottery. Three more weeks with a neat rack, our heads on straight, and our foot on the gas and soon we really will win the lottery. But we’re sure our company commanders have some devilish tricks up their sleeves between now and then!






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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