Yankee 192 Recruit Journal Week 07

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Yankee 192 Recruit Journal

Formed: May 17, 2016

Graduates: July 8, 2016

There was something about week 07 that sparked a fire under Yankee Company. Yankee was loud, proud and ready to rule the world this week. We have learned the trades of the fleet and have completed the academic side of recruit training. The company transitioned into fleet training. We are ready to finally complete training, to enter the fleet, and become an integral part of the United States Coast Guard.

The week marked the end of seamanship courses, which quickly became Yankee’s favorite subject. Line handling class this week was not only our final seamanship class, it also gave one of our shipmates the coveted Seamanship Award for the highest class average and best line handler.

On Thursday we watched as the senior company graduated and entered the fleet, leaving us as the most senior company on the regiment. It was quite surreal, as we knew that was going to be us the week following. The thought of achieving the final goal shakes my spine with excitement and fear. Entering the unknown is scary, but stories were never written about the ones who travelled the road often taken.

Friday was the last major hurdle in recruit training. I was never one for track and field, so hurdles make me nervous. I think I speak for the company when I say they were nervous as well. The last tests, the regimental final and the close order drill/manual of arms test, were all that kept us from seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. Yankee Company killed both tests, with a 100% pass rate on the final and stellar grades on the manual of arms/close order drill test. That is just how we do it in Yankee Company.

This may be our final week of training, but Yankee Company does not plan on slowing down any time soon. We want to leave a mark on this place to let people know what it means to have pride to be in the Coast Guard. Yankee may be gone, but we will never be forgotten.

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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