Yankee 197 Recruit Journal Week 04

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Formed: September 10, 2019
Graduates: November 01, 2019

Friends and family of Y-197 Guess what? We crossed the official halfway point. 04 weeks in and we are…professional? Well, we’re getting there. We had our first fire fighting class, including a simulated practical. I think it was manageable because we get so much heat from our Company Commanders that we are used to it. I think we would rather face a real housefire than listen to our Company Commanders much longer. The most fun we had was picture day. We played dress-up in service uniforms and took imaginary selfies in front of mirrors. This was the first time we have felt like civilians in ages. I think our Company Commanders noticed that. Chief Krusko reminded us that there is nothing funny about Recruit Training. (Reminder: writing funny stories is my job here). Whenever we were caught smiling, Chief Krusko made us pass sea bags back and forth for an hour. Chief Krusko was so pleased with how the Squad Leaders were handling things, he left them holding mattresses and M-16 pieces while everyone else watched. Despite the “nothing funny about Recruit Training“ clause, Chief Krusko had a suspiciously BIG smile on his face. Our company got a lot bigger this week. One person (formerly from X-ray Company) was asked “Where do you live?” ( as in which squad bay) and he answered “North Carolina“. Well, we know how he ended up in Yankee. Another shipmate channeled his inner Chewbacca when responding to Chief Krusko. Chief Krusko then imitated the Wookiee; with his bushy eyebrows, Chewbacca and Chief Krusko became identical. The biggest surprise of all was that Petty Officer Gunn has a soul. We had 40 minutes of free time and 20 minutes of study time. Then Petty Officer Gunn stated that this was because she doesn’t enjoy punishing us and wants us to get better (lying is against the Code of Conduct, Petty Officer Gunn). The Takeaway of this week is that we marched with another graduating class. The crowds cheered for us as much as the graduating class, reminding us that our time is coming soon.

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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