Yankee 194 Recruit Journal Week 05

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Yankee 194 Recruit Journal

Formed: Aug 8, 2017

Graduates: September 29, 2017
Y-194 WK05 Summary


I take back what I said about last week being the most stressful week. This week was definitely the most stressful week we’ve endured. Every single morning was filled with chaos. That is because week 05 is “search and rescue” week. You have fifteen minutes to wake up, take morning muster, change into our ODU’s, and form it up outside and step off for chow. We did that every, single, morning. Not only that, but out Company Commanders were much harder on us as well. Every single infraction was pointed out. If shoes weren’t squared away, we got blasted. If we weren’t carrying the right materials in our pockets… blasted. We have never done so many squats in our lives. If we were messing around, laughing and joking, they gave us a lot of IT.

We also had the stress of our uniform inspections weighing on us all week. We spent hours working on our racks and uniforms. At the beginning of the week Chief Perez, our Section Commander, inspected our uniforms. Almost everyone had something wrong. Some did not shave properly, some had lint on their uniforms, and others still had wrinkles or did not know required knowledge. For those Recruits, we had to sweat… and sweat we did. “Blood, Sweat, Tears” is what we chanted.

If that wasn’t bad enough, we then had our racks inspected on Friday. Our Company Commanders and multiple Section Commanders came into our squadbay and dug into our racks and laundry to make sure everything was where it was supposed to be. Our hearts stopped beating and the blood drained from our faces. They tossed our stuff all over the floor, grilled us on our infractions, and destroyed our souls. A couple of our shipmates were reverted that day. They had little things missing, or they had tried to be sneaky, or they had not showed effort. After that, we went outside for some more grueling IT. We had graduation after that. We marched at Victor Company’s graduation where we messed up on marching and got in trouble for that as well. Earlier in the week, we even watched as our Squad Leaders were made to IT in front of the Company for our mistakes. It was a very stressful week.

We did learn more about practical stuff like radio communications, personal flotation devices, and our entitlements as Enlisted members. This information was even more important this week as it pertains to jobs we might be doing in the fleet, as well as how to use our flotation devices in case we need to abandon ship. Even after the craziness of this week, we were given a win today. We tackled the confidence course today, which was awesome. Our CC’s gave us an easier time when it came to general knowledge and we got a lot of time to practice Manual of Arms and Close Order Drill. It was a nice change of pace from the soul shattering that took place this week. As long as we come together and don’t get lazy, we will all graduate.


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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