Yankee 194 Recruit Journal Week 04

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Yankee 194 Recruit Journal

Formed: Aug 8, 2017

Graduates: September 29, 2017


Day 26 – Week 4 Summary


This was definitely our most stressful week so far! However, it was also our most exciting as well. This week we learned about and practiced fire fighting. We learned the different types of equipment used by the Coast Guard to fight fires on Cutters, as well as the different techniques used in order to stay safe and be effective at putting out flames. After those introductory classes, we got to enter the simulator. We had 05 minutes to run into the prep area and quickly change into all of our gear. We had to don our fire suits, boots, air tanks, respirators, Helmets, you name it! Those masks can be scary because you have to inhale really hard to start the flow of air into the respirator. You can feel pretty claustrophobic in all of the gear and it gets really hot! Next we had to move quickly in teams of 05 recruits into the simulator. The room was dark, filled with smoke, and full of flashing lights and loud sounds. We mounted the hose and took turns operating the nozzle against a simulated fire. We even learned how to find our way around by staying low to the ground and keeping our hands on the hose to find our way out. We all had a blast with that evolution!

Another thing we got to do this week was participate in Uniform Company’s Graduation. We marched on the Parade Field and presented our military discipline for all of the friends and family members that came to visit. I believe we all stood taller and felt prouder than we have in a long time. Seeing graduation up close inspired us to achieve that goal too. We know we will never give up no matter how tough it gets. We will make our loved ones proud.

This week also marked a shift in physical training. Instead of pain and punishment, we hit the gym for some intense and structured workout routines. We used the bikes to work out our legs, we ran several miles on the track, and we did a lot of pushups, pull-ups, and sit ups. It is becoming apparent that we are all getting stronger together. Lastly, we took the mid terms this Friday. It was extremely easy since it was an open book test. I’m fairly certain everyone passed it. We also took the physical training test as well. Some people struggled a bit with passing it but we’re all still here and working hard. Yankee Company does not quit! Not now, not ever! Sempar Paratus!


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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