Yankee 193 Recruit Journal Week 04

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Yankee 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: January 3, 2017

Graduates: February 24, 2017

 

Be loud, be fast. If you ask anyone who has survived the gauntlet of Coast Guard basic training these are the words they say recruits should live by. Up until week four, I, along with my fellow shipmates of Yankee-193, didn’t really know what that meant or how to achieve it. It wasn’t like we each had a dial we could crank up to “get louder” or “get faster”. It was an abstract concept that we could not grasp fully as a company in week 03. It is, however, something we all started to understand as a family.

The big change occurred with our firefighting classes earlier in the week. None of us really acknowledged how intensive this job could be until we were strapped into oxygen tanks, weighted down by 30 pounds of safety gear, and grasping for air through fogged up masks. As we charged into a room full of fake smoke and simulated fire it finally hit a lot of us. The reality was, even though our legs burned from staying low, and arms were sore from guiding the hose between us, we fought on. We realize that the person next to us needed to be strong, because any slip up, no matter how small, could result in disaster if it had been real.

We also had our midway physical fitness test, and midterm exam. Although both were incredibly stressful (physically and mentally) Yankee-193 rose to the challenge and conquered both obstacles. The idea of week 04 being the hump day of basic training had a tremendous impact as we walked away from the two tests.

As we get ready to enter week 05, search and rescue (SAR) week, we are beginning to get nervous again. The time objectives only get shorter, and the consequences get worse. That being said, we are working together, and although we’re stressed (kind of a daily occurrence since we arrived here) we are ready to learn and grow as a single unit, as a family. To our families back home, we’ve braved the worst part of the storm. We’ll be at graduation in no time as we follow the Golden Rule of boot camp: Be Loud, Be Fast!

 

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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