Yankee 194 Recruit Journal Week 07

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Yankee 194 Recruit Journal

Formed: Aug 8, 2017

Graduates: September 29, 2017


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Week 07 – Summary


The word I would use to describe this week would be: Vindication. It took us much longer to come together than is typical of most companies, but once we did, we accomplished so much together. We won our colors at the beginning on the week for starters. After a 03 mile run, we started fighting with pugil sticks (two sided foam sticks and padding) to build confidence in a one-on-one scenario. After we were sufficiently exhausted, Chief Grote asked us if we were tired. When a few of us replied with “YES”, Chief Grote said, “You don’t know what tired is!” We followed him, one-by-one, onto the beach, where we got on our faces and pushed and squat and kicked in the sand. The sand made the workout 10 times harder than normal and we all felt it. But in the end, it was worth it. Chief Grote told us that the Sea was our office but also a graveyard. When we are late or forget the details, people die. However, Chief Grote thought we were ready. He told us to look behind us and there on top of a dune were our colors. We ran and grabbed it all together while we were shouting, cheering, and crying.

However, the hard part was about to begin. We took classes on first aid and CPR so that we could be ready in an emergency situation. We also took classes on line handling. We practiced using certain knots to tie lines and how to moor a vessel. We threw line onto the pier, practiced using the bitts to make fast a line and how to get underway as well. After these events we started sliding a bit. Squadbays were not getting cleaned properly; people were leaving clothes and towels out, and not having our rucksacks secured. We fell back into laziness and our company commanders made us pay. We had disappointed them and we had one shot at redemption on Friday. First came the Final Exam. We needed an average score of at least 90% to get the pennant. We got it on the dot exactly and won that test. Finally, came the Manual of Arms and Close Order Drill test with our section commander Chief Perez. We ran through the test after some inspiring words from Chief Grote. He told us to leave it all out on the Parade Field. We went through Manual of Arms with Petty Officer Jarman and the Close Order Drill with Petty Officer Burrus. After the test concluded, Chief Perez asked us how we thought we did. We gave our answers and then he said, “You got a 09/10. Not great… but not bad. I believe you have what it takes to be Coast Guardsmen and women!” And so we won the Section Commander Pennant and were redeemed. Our CC’s still made us sweat with the pieces one last time though… just because they could. To be honest though, we didn’t mind.

At the end of the week, Petty Officer Burrus gave us her debrief. We relaxed and she told us about herself and opened up to us. She told us that we were her first company and wanted feedback on how she did. She was hard on us but also protective. She told us who she was and we told her how much we appreciate and respect what she’s done for us. Eventually, all of our CC’s will debrief us and I know we are all excited to know them as people now. It’s going to be bitter sweet saying goodbye…


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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