Yankee 198 Recruit Journal Week 03

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

Greetings see below week 03 write up for YANKEE 198

Us recruits of Yankee-198 can be taught, albeit slowly. The general consensus is that we feel like we’re improving.

We started out the week getting a real good look at Whiskey-198, the senior company on the regiment who graduated last Friday, after our marching unit leader accidentally marched us straight through their formation in a very embarrassing manner. We ended the week marching and preparing for our first close order drill test coming up Monday.

There’s improvement for sure, and we hope to do well. We learned a lot this week about our roles in the Coast Guard and how important it is to respect our superiors and listen to their commands, or as Petty Officer Krawczyk phrased it, “I don’t care if a giraffe walks into the room. You, as seaman recruits, will still yell ‘attention on deck’ and hold the position of attention until told to do otherwise!”

We were issued our dress uniforms this week, and if I may say it, we look sharp! If you have a recruit here in Yankee 198, you may be surprised the next time you see them. Also, thanks to some well-engraved lessons from Petty Officer Cobb, we’re improving on holding ourselves with military bearing while we wear our new uniforms.

The most exciting thing to happen this week was that we received our orders! The Commanding Officer, Captain Felger, even happened to walk by and listened to a few of our new locations as they were read aloud. I can’t even begin to tell you how excited we are. From Alaska to Puerto Rico, New York to Hawaii, the time is soon coming where we will disband and be sent all over the country.

Some of us were assigned to coveted places like Hawaii or Miami, but I assure you that even those of us assigned to places like Mobile; Alabama; or Neah Bay, Washington, are no less excited.

We’ve started making short five minute phone calls homes and will finish up before the end of the weekend. After weeks away from our families this is big in and of itself. Our assistant company commanders did give us a gentle reminder of maintaining military bearing and keeping the quarterdeck strictly for business. But, every recruit I saw came back from the quarterdeck with a huge smile and teary eyes. It was a great moment for these young men and women who are giving a few years of their lives in service to our country.

We look forward to another hard week, and seeing how much more we improve and can trust in our leadership to prepare us to be proud and effective Coast Guard men and women!

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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