Yankee 192 Recruit Journal Week 06

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Yankee 192 Recruit Journal

Formed: May 17, 2016

Graduates: July 8, 2016

 

YANKEE-192

Week 06 Historian Summary

 

This week has been quite the roller coaster for Yankee Company. We have done everything from stepping into the boots of a fire fighter to fighting each other gladiator style in the pugil stick coliseum. Week 06 began with learning the trade of fire fighting and preparing for the fire practical. We put on the uniform and quickly learned of the guts, strength, and pure bravery that fire fighters have. To simulate the fire fighters, we ran into a smoke filled room and quickly donned the boots, fire protective suit, flash hood, oxygen tank and mask. With 40 pounds of gear and heavy, restricted breathing from the mask, we grabbed on to the shipmate in front of us and charged into the compartment with the simulated fire. Just like a dense morning fog, the darkness and blanket of smoke gave us an eerie chill that made everything real. We went through many techniques of basic fire fighting, like sweeping the base of the fire and fighting the fire at both long distance and while right on top of the fire. The experience was incredible. While fire fighting is a skill you hope you never need, it is an invaluable skill nonetheless.

 

Half way through the week, we got the chance to run in the 5Kfor the Coast Guard Enlisted memorial fund. Despite it being a fun, charitable event, the competition between the companies got heated. We all wanted the bragging rights amongst the regiment that we are the fastest company. While we did grab third place for the men’s category and second for the women’s category, we know in Yankee Company that “if you aren’t first, you’re last”. We drowned our feelings or defeat in pizza, cookies, and soda after the race. WE live to fight another day.

 

Thursday was a day we looked forward to all week. It was the day we could settle scores in the ring like real men and women. The pugil stick bouts were a spectacle to behold (at least some fights). With full protective gear and sticks, we did our best to beat the snot out of our shipmates to gain the greatest prize of all; an extra chewy bar. Despite putting the company against each other, the pugil stick bout brought our company closer together.

 

To finish out week 06, the company got to take on-base liberty. This time is known as the time to eat foods we will regret, and to finally get speak to our loved ones. For most of us, it was our first times we got to talk to our family since we left for basic training. Even though the calls to our families may have left some in tears, it was a time of happiness and healing. It was just what we needed to give us the motivation to enter week 07 as the best company on the regiment. The regiment will know what Yankee 192 is all about.

 

 

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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