Yankee 198 Recruit Journal Week 04

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

It’s been another busy week for us recruits of Yankee-198. Between training, preparing for our units, and incentive training, almost every minute is being used to it fullest. Despite this, time was made for some interesting activities. Last Sunday we went on our first company run and started marching while singing. We also learned that Chief Frazier has an amazing singing voice.  Petty Officer Cobb can sing a decent cadence as well. As for Petty Officer Krawczyk… I’ll just go ahead and blame us recruits for having bad timing and tone because it has to be us not Petty Officer Krawczyk who has actually been trained to sing cadences. Yep it’s definitely our fault for not listening.

We also earned our colors this week! After a few days of intense incentive training our Company Commanders decided we earned the right to carry our colors while marching. They let us run across the parade field to get them.  Shipmate Daniel was the first to reach the guidon and I’ve honestly never seen him move so fast. It was an amazing sprint on his part. Our mentor LCDR Johnson also joined us today for the confidence course. An obstacle course that is challenging but very fun. Petty Officer Krawczyk demonstrated how to pass through each obstacle and proved that he was in great shape. Petty Officer Cobb helped demonstrate as well and did a lot better than some of us recruits but he might wanna do more pull ups if he wants to compete with Petty Officer Krawczyk. Meanwhile, Chief Frazier directed them both. He must be very humble about his abilities because I’m sure he could beat both of his assistants in a physical contest but today he stood by and let them take the spotlight. Maybe we’ll get to see him beat them in arm wrestling someday soon. But the biggest surprise was how fast LCDR Johnson made it up the rope, he definitely has Petty Officer Krawczyk beat. All in all it was a tough week, but us recruit of Yankee-198 pulled together as a team and got through. The finish line is close and we plan on sprinting to the end 

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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