Yankee 198 Recruit Journal Week 02

International Maritime Signal Flag Yankee

Formed: July 07, 2020
Graduates:  August 28, 2020

It’s now been more than a week since YANKEE-198 formed. We’ve grown a lot closer as a team and we’ve learned a lot on how our company commanders operate, as well what they expect of us. They have a decent good cop bad – cop routine. Chief Frazier acts as the carrot, from the phrase “the carrot and the stick”, the carrot being held out in front of us makes us want to move forward while his assistants Petty Officer Cobb and Petty officer Krawczyk are the stick, enforcing what we’ve already been taught.

We’re getting use to galley procedures, but we still make mistakes and meal times are always a noisy ordeal. I have nine brothers and sisters and even our meals back at home aren’t as loud as the ones here in Cape May. Every day we get inspected – both are racks and our rucksacks. This has been a good lesson on how we need to help each other out, because if one of us fails we all fail and are held accountable for it.

This week we met our section commander Chief Resto, he expects a lot from us but is dedicated to making sure that we are well trained and prepared for the fleet. We are both anxious and excited to get our assignments in the coming weeks.

Personally I am hoping for Hawaii but will still be happy no matter what, even if I get Michigan. Our training has covered a wide range of topics from grooming and uniforms to colors and military customs. I now know that my long blonde surfer hair will not be coming back for a while, we also met with some members of the honor guard and a few of us applied to represent the Coast Guard in Washington D.C.

Captain Felger’s promise that training would be hard is being proven true almost every minute of every day. We are slowly learning, but the recruits of YANKEE-198 will keep striving to meet the expectations of our training.

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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