Yankee 193 Recruit Journal Week 05

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Yankee 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: January 3, 2017

Graduates: February 24, 2017

 

Week 05 has been packed full of trials and tribulations for us recruits of Yankee company. As I’m sure all of our families back home found out one way or another, Yankee company spent the first two days of week 05 in quarantine. Now before all the mothers and fathers out there start picking up the phone and calling TRACEN Cape May, we’re all back together and in good health! In fact, our quarantine wasn’t as dramatic as the title would imply. It was a nice change to have boxed meals in our squad bays, away from the chaos of a full galley. That being said, the two daybreak had a drastic effect on our morale. We did the one thing no company should ever do in basic training, we got comfortable. We became complacent and our work ethic suffered.

Once the house arrest was lifted we began SAR (Search and Rescue) week as planned. The biggest challenge was having a total of 15 minutes to get up, get a headcount, get dressed, do personal hygiene, get information and get to the galley for breakfast. As someone who enjoys a long shower and relaxed morning routine, adjusting to the standard of a 10 minute shower and 10 minutes for hygiene was hard enough. The idea of doing everything in 15 minutes seemed impossible. This is where the complacency reared its ugly head. Making the time objective in the morning proved to be fairly easy for myself and 90% of my shipments, but the problem was we weren’t working together. Our squad bays resembled a Best Buy on Black Friday. It was every man and woman for themselves in a frantic dash to get everything they needed for the day. Unfortunately, we also struggled to bounce back. Some recruits fell back into their old habits and lost the military precision needed to survive here. For all of you back home who have been following the adventures of Yankee-193, I’m sure you all know that because of our slump, we’ve had to do a little more incentive training then we would have liked.

There has been a silver lining to this week. First off, we are now the senior company at TRACEN Cape May. Now, most companies are senior for about a week, but because of the holidays, Yankee didn’t show up until three weeks after the previous company. So Yankee-193 gets the privilege of a three week stay as senior company. Granted, we’re taking on the responsibility much sooner than most, and it feels like were being thrown into shark infested waters, but we can get back to where we were. The second light at the end of the tunnel was that we received our first set of orders this week. We met with our mentors and got a basic idea of what we got ourselves into. Although some of us weren’t thrilled with where we are going it’s more important to us that we actually make a difference, so for the time being we’re just going to give 110% and prove we deserve that one duty station we may not have gotten.

As we prepare for week 06 we have more work ahead of us than we would have hoped for. The quarantine really set us back and we’ve got to make up that lost time and training. At first it seems hopeless, but one of our mentors, Commander Torres, said something that really stuck with us. He stated that having originally been in the Army, their basic training was more about the individual. Commander also said that when he came to the Coast Guard and basic training, he struggled for that same reason. What is unique about the Coast Guard is that it’s not about a single person, it’s about a team. We all succeed or fail together. We had lost sight of that at the beginning of the week, but going into our next phase of training we’re ready to wipe away our mistake and prove that we belong in the fleet. We are incredibly grateful for our mentors and the advice they have given us. To our families back home; the mothers, fathers, husbands, wives, and everyone in between: wish us luck, and know that we’re almost there! Yankee 193: teamwork makes the dream work!

 

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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