Yankee 193 Recruit Journal Week 02


Yankee 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: January 3, 2017

Graduates: February 24, 2017


As we boarded our charter bus and departed Philadelphia, none of us truly realized what we were getting ourselves into. Nervous giggles and chuckles could be heard all throughout the vessel as we approached the notorious Training Center Cape May. With every road sign we passed the giggles and laughter’s faded into the ring of silence.

Cape May was dead ahead. As our bus approached the famously fearful Sexton Hall we could all feel our hearts beating harder than ever before. Our ride came to a halt and the pressuring sound of the parking brakes acted as a dinner bell to all of the company commanders standing along the pavement outside of Sexton Hall. One of the company commanders started to approach the bus; all of the hairs on our necks were standing on end. He boarded the vehicle and told us those famous words “You have 15 seconds to get off my bus and you just wasted five of them”. We scrambled off the bus and quickly grabbed our bags. We were directed to line up along the asphalt and sprinted into the building. We were all so nervous we were literally shaking in our shoes. During our first weeks stay at Sexton hall we were issued a ton of gear for training, completed piles of paperwork, and given vaccines for any and everything. I personally received seven shots. This was all just prep work that had to be completed before we can actually begin our training. Friday came in no time and Yankee-193 was ready to form.

These terrified youngsters who had stepped off that bus together only four days ago, we’re about to get our first true taste of Boot Camp. The four men who would be responsible for our following seven weeks introduce themselves and rapidly marched us to our new home for the next seven weeks, James Hall.

Our company is slowly coming together. We are not always the fastest or the loudest, but we are making it day by day. We are developing a comraderyship that cannot be broken. From stepping off the bus only two weeks ago, to stepping into our squad bay and holding stuff above our heads, we always step together.

Of course we are all home sick but the thoughts of how proud we are making our families helps us to realize that all of the blood, sweat and tears will be well worth it in the end. This past week was full of incentive training and punishment. We realize that hard times are only making us stronger. Things that come easy are generally unwanted, that’s why we are here pushing ourselves mentally and physically every day. Preparing ourselves to become the future of the United States Coast Guard.

We are Yankee-193!


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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