Yankee 197 Recruit Journal Week 06

International Maritime Signal Flag Yankee

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

Yankee-197, senior company of Cape May. That’s right, Xray passed the torch to us as on Friday. That means we are the epitome of Honor, respect and Devotion to Duty right? Well…

I’ll say this, the female squadbay was on top of their game all week, beating all of the male squadbays at missions and muster. By the end of the week, their downfall was the discovery that they were cutting corners the whole time! This led them to a huge wake-up call via sweat. By now, they are Charlies-Angels-level snipers after that session. Along the same lines, the company has demonstrated some complacency, as we have been caught making very silly mistakes like walking in aisles we are not authorized to use, failing rack inspections, cutting corners on watch standing protocols, and even ironing clothing WHILE IT IS ON A RECRUIT BODY. Nevertheless, our company commanders gave us the reality check we needed to start performing again. In the middle of the week we had what I would call, “Wisdom Hour,” but not because we gained wisdom. A quarter of the company got their wisdom teeth removed, which made them all look like they were storing recruit chewy-bars in their cheeks for the winter.

Now on to the good stuff: Final fitness assessment – the whole company passes; pennant earned. Shooting range – earned the marksmanship pennant by achieving an overall company score higher than 80%, but that’s not all. Drum roll* WE GOT OUR OFFICIAL COMPANY GUIDON. Yankee now marches around the regiment with our red and yellow company, “colors,” singing cadence and marching tall. It felt incredible that Yankee Company, previously called the Mess Around Gang, earned their biggest achievement yet. We all charged across the Parade Field and held it up like Ol’ Glory herself, chanting and celebrating like we had just won the war.

 At the rollercoaster week’s culmination, we were awarded liberty after we spent the morning training and battling each other with pugil sticks! We were given a six hour period where we got to use our cell phones and have a change in scenery with little-to-no Company Commanders. But now we are back to bootcamp, two more weeks! Our Company Commanders consistently remind us there are still plenty of one-way tickets to Zulu company and that training is not over. Week seven here we come as the loose threads are finally coming together; we will be at the finish line in no time.

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.

Graduation Program: Posted Thursday afternoon

Go to: http://www.forcecom.uscg.mil/Our-Organization/FORCECOM-UNITS/TraCen-Cape-May/ 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.