Yankee 194 Recruit Journal Week 02

Yankee 194 Recruit Journal

Formed: Aug 8, 2017

Graduates: September 29, 2017


“Sweat position take!” That was the last thing we did this week. We physically trained in the morning and in the evenings. This week’s motto was definitely “Mistakes equal pain”. Even if one person messed up on something, the whole company suffered with more incentive training. The environment is certainly stressful. It is meant as a way to retrain ourselves to react under pressure. I suppose the biggest lesson we learned this week is teamwork. The more we start to suffer, the closer we began to bond.

We’ve been through and learned so much as well. We learned more about how the Coast Guard operates, what the Coast Guard’s rates and ranks are, and we even had Master Chief Bushey, our company mentor, come and give us a pep talk about the service and to never give up.

Even though the environment is stressful, there are definitely moments of hilarity. Today in fact, Chief Brost ended up sneaking into the rear of the squadbay. One of my shipmates yelled, “Attention on deck!” But nobody believed him and thought he was just kidding around. Stupidly, I shouted out, “GOT ‘EM!!” Just as Chief Brost entered into my space and looked me dead in the eyes…we ended up sweating a lot more for my mistake.

They say the days are long but the weeks are short. It almost feels surreal that we learned so much already in so little time.


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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