Yankee 197 Recruit Journal Week 02

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Yankee 197

Formed: September 10, 2019

Graduates: November 01, 2019

Friends and family of Y-197, The first week with our company commanders felt like a summer vacation….SIKE! We spent the whole first night going through the punishments of what would happen if messed up, except we keep messing up! Some of the ways we learn include holding our canteens over our heads and holding our arms straight out in front of us for what feels like forever, but it wasn’t ALL pain. We were given our practice pieces, which are plastic M-16s, and we were shown how to carry them properly. Then we were shown how to do Incentive training with them and sniper position, which really sucks! We also are in class a lot, covering all different topics from watch standing, military customs and courtesies, and Coast Guard history. We were told inspiring stories of Coast Guard heroes, including a 19 year old who saved as many lives as he could from a sinking ship then died comforting those who couldn’t be saved. The whole company wondered if we would have the courage to do the same. Another class that was good was a class on stereotypes; we bonded over relatable stories about being discriminated against and experiencing prejudice. Perhaps the main thing we learned was military customs such as ranks, matching in formation, and screaming (more on that later). One class that actually is some fun is gym class. We practice exercises that most people never have done before. Even though it’s a gym workout, they are breaks from our “pain sessions”!! By then end of the first full week with our company commanders we learned what basic training is all about. Yelling, sweating, and self-discipline. If you haven’t been to boot camp then you have no idea what screaming is. Screaming is yelling until your face is red and you are out of breath. We scream until we are drenched with sweat. Speaking of sweat, we do that a lot of that too! Not even our dreams are a safe place. A young woman was caught screaming “aye, aye Petty Officer Gunn” in her sleep, waking everyone up at four in the morning. Even more than a week into this experience people still can’t remember their roster order numbers. It’s been the same dang number since the second day we arrived here!! Our company commanders were kind enough to remind us by making us hold our dreaded canteens over our heads. You would be surprised how a 2lb item can be your worst nightmare!! So that’s basic training in a nutshell so far. We love you guys and we miss all of you so much! YANKEE-197, signing off

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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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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