Yankee 195 Recruit Journal Week 03

Yankee 195 Recruit Journal

Formed: April 03, 2018

Graduates: May 24, 2018


Week 03 for Yankee-195 has been a fast week, but filled with knowledge. The company has progressed, and even started to work better as a team. Though training has its good days, and bad days, we remain focused and work daily to meet the challenges. There are occasional moments of humor, that are swiftly corrected by our Company Commanders who diligently keep us focused on “military bearing.” This week we started our “non-rate” training, which means we are learning skills that will be used in the fleet. We were also given the opportunity to march ourselves, and the combination of the two equaled fun, and exciting learning experiences. The highlight of our non-rate training was Seamanship in which we learned about the different types of line used in the Coast Guard, and how to tie knots with that line. The knots we were taught will be used once we leave, so it is critical that we master the basics. We also learned about the terminology associated with a ship. Our Seamanship instructor is Petty Officer Four, and the class has taken a liking to his manner of instruction. The most exciting class at Seamanship was “Helmsman” Class. For those of you who don’t know what a helmsman is, it is the person who drives the ship or small boat. In this class we learned about the basic terminology used when giving and receiving helm commands, and we practically applied those commands to a simulator that tested our ability to not crash the ship. The week ended with the Code of Conduct class that highlighted our duty as members of the military, and brought us to the reality that we are not only a lifesaving service, but also one that defends our country, and as such, we have a responsibility to fight, protect, and remain loyal to our countries values. As the company moves into week 04, we feel a sense of pride knowing that we are becoming more senior, and the company is beginning to march with purpose, and a sense of pride. We have many weeks to go still, but we are starting to come together, and realize that the tools we learn here, will prepare us for life outside the boundaries of the training center. The schedule in the coming week has us learning about firefighting, and future assignments. Additionally, we will have our first couple of testing milestones both physically, and mentally as we conduct our physical fitness assessment, and mid-term examination.


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.