Yankee 196 Recruit Journal Week 02

Yankee 196 Recruit Journal

Formed: Dec 4, 2018

Graduates: Jan 25, 2019


Graduation Program: Posted Thursday afternoon: Week 7 Blog

Go to:

Under the “Graduation Date” Tab you will be able to find the Graduation Program


To view the Graduation Live: Time: 1100 AM

The live stream of the graduations are viewed by going to the training center’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/uscoastguardbootcamp


*It should be noted that the live streams are a courtesy and not a guarantee. There could be technical issues or resource availability issues that would interfere with the stream. The live streams are not intended to be high definition productions of the graduation ceremonies.


If you are looking for higher quality video products from your loved one’s graduation, you should contact VTS at 609-365-8889



This week has begun and is coming up on its end as one of the most important and difficult weeks for YANKEE 196. On Friday we were picked up by our company commanders and brought to Munro Hall. This has been a life-changing experience in a short time. We have been crammed with knowledge pushed to our limits. Gained people and lost some. In training we pay for every mistake with incentive training. If one of us fails we all fail so if one of us doesn’t give everything up for the company then we all have to give that much more. As our company commander drills in the words of “ The Yankee way is the hard way” we see it more and more. The harder we try as a company the better we will see the fruits of our training. There is a zero tolerance for immaturity and laziness in the company. Self-Discipline, that is what will make or break us.  If we are expected to hold our canteens over our skulls it is not an option. We are expected to make lightning speed time objectives and we are expected to act on command. Training is extremely difficult and you have to face it head on or it will be your downfall. Many recruits have been caught talking and some even laughing. They  always end up screaming their deficiencies. The standards are high and the challenge is difficult, but it’s this very pressure that will mold us into coastguardsman and ready us for the fleet. In  training Yankee 196 is motivated and reminded why they are here when they open letters. Constantly missing people at home and their way of life before they got here. That alone pushes us to go farther and be the best YANKEE TEAM.  We moved around the squad bays for “rope week”. This is a week where one squad moves to the lower level and is next-door to the three people who can revert/rephrase us on the spot for our shortcomings. This is a time where we need to make sure we don’t slack or do anything that would find us in trouble. It is going to be times like these that cause us to fail or make us perfect in our craft all together. We are all extremely excited for Christmas. It is coming very soon and Yankee 196 wishes it was coming even sooner. It will be a short time to get away from the weight we carry on our shoulders. There is no easy way out and there is no cheat sheet. The only way to lighten the load is to be stronger smarter and faster and more prepared than the Yankee we were yesterday. This will take time sweat, tears, and determination. The faster we master what we learned and properly apply it will be another step towards graduation.


SR Kachinkski


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.