Yankee 197 Recruit Journal Week 07

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Our last full week as Yankee Company was intense from start to finish. Sometimes I wonder if this is typical for Boot Camp or is Yankee just that special? In addition to our last full week, this was also our first week as the senior company on the regiment. We now eat chow almost 2 hours later than normal. I was told this is because it shows that leaders are always the last to go. That may be true, but not when a guy like me who eat six meals a day is starving. We are now tasked with showing new recruits the proper way to move through the dining hall and how to perform disciplinary sweat sessions properly (we all have a great deal of experience with that). The first test of being the senior company happened Tuesday. Everyone woke up so anxious about our Seamanship Final that we started to forget everything: “How do I tie a bowline knot? How do I give helm commands? What’s my last name?” But we didn’t have time to breathe because of our dress uniform inspection. I was shocked with some of the uniforms, which included a shirt with blood stains, unironed shirts, and someone who put their belt on backwards. I think Mr. Navetta felt so bad for us that he passed us just so that way he wouldn’t have to deal with us. But our haircuts though! The ladies at the barbershop were always thorough; it was most likely because of them that we passed despite our messy uniforms. But it hasn’t been all successes. About two days later we had our hard earned colors taped up. I’m not entirely sure why but it may have been that time that a group of Yankee forgot to salute the Captain and an Admiral, talking after being ordered not to, missed questions we were asked since week 01, and not earning our seamanship ribbon. Well now that I’m listing them, OK, I can see why. So to be fair, so many classmates had to get their wisdom teeth pulled and missed a lot of class. One recruits cheek was so puffy Chief Krusko said he couldn’t even make fun of her. We had to work really hard to earn our colors back. Thankfully everyone passed their final exam. We also crushed our close order drill and manual of arms test. Petty Officer Sauers was our exam proctor; never in my life could I imagine Petty Officer Sauers being the most intimidating person on base, but the look on her face while she called orders almost made me sprint home and hide. As a result of passing, we all earned our colors back just in time for off-base liberty. What we planned on doing was playing on the beach, watching a movie, and going to the arcade. What really happened was a bunch of sleeping and YouTube. However, three shipmates quickly assisted a dazed man under a truck until police arrived on the scene. I think all three shipmates should be rewarded by Chief Krusko for their valiant efforts. Next time we meet, I’ll tell you how all of the de-briefs went. That’s when the company commanders close the doors and reveal their true personalities and opinions. I wonder what they think of me… I just found out they’ve been reading everything I wrote about them.

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.

Graduation Program: Posted Thursday afternoon

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