Yankee 193 Recruit Journal Week 06


Yankee 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: January 3, 2017

Graduates: February 24, 2017


It’s hard to believe, we’re at the end of week 06. It feels like just yesterday that we were in forming week, completely overloaded and out of our elements. In fact, as the Senior Company, We went back to Sexton Hall to clean the Forming Company squad bays, where many of us had the humbling experience of remaking the first racks we ever slept in here at TRACEN Cape May.

As I’m sure all of you back home heard, Yankee- 193 received our on base liberty this week. Before we made all of our phone calls, the “Behind the Scenes” work was a little…shaky. The entire company began our liberty by forming up (like we always have for the past 06 weeks) and stepping off in a single mass of 74 Recruits. We took about 05 steps before one of our Company Commanders shouted out his window, “What are you people doing?! You’re on liberty; go where ever need to go like normal people!” Needless to say, the solid formation turned into an amorphous blob of recruits who had forgotten what it was like to have even a little independence. Our On Base Liberty was a well needed break, and a nice reconnection with Life outside of Basic Training. I’m sure everyone back home got to hear all about it, because as we all got comfortable at the Harbor View All Personnel Club, it looked like the Yankee-193 Telemarketing Office! There wasn’t a single recruit who wasn’t on their phone doing something!

There was something Incredible that happened with the events of this week. The Company also took a trip to the firing range this week.  It was about a 45 minute ride, and having never left the base before then, seeing Cape May through the finger print smeared windows was like discovering life on another planet. All our jaws dropped to the deck as we starred at every car, person, and especially coffee shop that passed by. While on the bus ride we all reminisced about the things we did back in weeks 02 and 03; things that at the time just felt like borderline torture. The twist was that this time we found ourselves joking and laughing about our experiences we’ve shared. We exchanged thoughts about the habits we’ll all bring home with us, like starring at our plates during family dinners, or jumping out of bed and shouting “Get on line! 60 seconds,” when our alarm goes off. Personally, I can’t wait to get up before the break of dawn and stand outside my house shouting “Hurry up shipmate, hurry up!”

It feels like just yesterday that we arrived at TRACEN Cape May without a clue as to what came next, but here we are at the end of week 06, getting ready for the home stretch and the fleet. Although there are still challenges ahead of us, the motivation we have received from all of you back home supporting us is more than enough to carry us through. The Light at the end of the Tunnel keeps getting closer. In front of us we have our individual families cheering us on and pulling us to the finish. Behind us we have our new family, our shipmates, picking us up and pushing us forward. It’s about 10 Days and a wake up at this point and there’s no other group of people we’d rather have to experience it with.


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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