Yankee 197 Recruit Journal Week 05

International Maritime Signal Flag Yankee

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

So many things happened this week, both good and bad. We went on our company cadence-run through Cape May. The crowds at the local shops and restaurants were cheering us on as if we were already heroes. That didn’t stop our Company Commanders from giving us reality checks and striking the fear of sweat into us, though. The whole week we had SAR (Search and Rescue) drills at the break of every morning where we had to wake up, take muster, shave, brush our teeth, females gel their hair, get dressed and run to the galley entrance all in fifteen minutes. It would take the old versions of ourselves ten snooze buttons to get out of bed. It was satisfying when we finally made the time objective. Petty Officer Lacy was speechless as he had to improvise a, “pass,” speech over his usual failure brief.

Another big thing this week was getting our future assignments as we partook in the rite of passage, ringing the regimental bell and screaming where we were getting stationed. My shipmates were in tears from speaking to their parents and telling them the news. I hope we will miss each other a little bit. But let’s be honest, there were some bad, dark times this week. Between the battalion Commander inspection and the Section Commander Rack Inspection, we got hit like a deer on the road. Even Chief Krusko was surprised by how many of our shipmates were bounced back a week in training when their discrepancies were found during the spontaneous inspection. The Battalion Commander inspection was full of failure: at least six people didn’t shave, un-shined boots, improperly addressing the personnel speaking to the recruits, and an unzipped zipper. One of our more squared away shipmates didn’t salute a THREE-STAR ADMIRAL. In the end, the majority of those who failed the inspection got rephrased on the spot, Oprah style. Petty Officer Gunn being her usual sadistic self, made us watch our shipmates who were temporarily assigned to the “Recruit Attitude and Motivational Program,” or RAMP as they engaged in strenuous activities that pinpoints their deficiencies via sweat.

 It was not all bad, though. Petty Officer Sauers called out Manual of Arms drills while she stood in the reviewing stand as she watched our movements like a hawk. Later on, we got to don the Coast Guard Mustang (floatation) suits and simulate a survival float; it was far too relaxing. But let’s not forget the obstacle course, or, “Confidence Course.” All 87, previously unfit and Netflix obsessed, of us had to pull up on metal bars, hop over logs, and climb walls and ropes.

Overall, we could chock this week up as a win. Most importantly, Yankee Company is coming together as a group. We support and help each other overcome obstacles and that’s what it’s all about. Can’t wait until next week as we continue to prove our improvement and prove to our Company Commanders that Yankee-197 can handle anything.

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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