Yankee 198 Recruit Journal Week 05

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

The first day we recruits of Yankee-198 Met Chief Frazier he made us a promise; “You will dictate your training. You will learn or we will make you strong“.

He meant either we would train and learn quickly or we would spend extra time with his assistance, Petty officer Krawczyk and petty officer Cobb, who do not teach the easy way. This week we proved Chief Frazier a man of his word and we apparently chose to be strong and spend lots of time training with his assistance.

This week we had the opportunity to earn Pennants to hang with the Yankee colors on our guide, pain train. We did not achieve the seamanship pennant proving we chose not to learn, however we did get the final pennant so maybe we did learn a little. We did earn the physical fitness pennant proving we did get strong. Our company commanders even joined us for the physical fitness assessment. We also got the marksmanship Pennant with shipmate Britton getting top shot also Chief Knapp gave us the section commander pennant after we passed our manual of arms and close order drill test, with a score of 10 out of 10. But the most important pennant we got was the company commander pennant, meaning that Chief Frazier and his assistances feel confident that we will enter the fleet and do a good job.

We are grateful for their efforts in our training and their confidence in us. We also earned the right to hoist our colors over the regiment. After an amazing ceremony and inspiring speeches from our company commanders, shipmate Ludwig was personally chosen to hoist the colors at which point the mood fell fast as the colors did not unfold, luckily shipmate Haggerty stepped in to help and got them up smartly.

All in all it’s been a good week in training. We are still held to the same high standard however were more capable than before to meet those standards. Our company commanders have even begun telling us about themselves and being more open about the training process. I’m glad to be with Yankee-198 and seeing how far we’ve come. We began as a terrible group of individuals who could not work together at all to a solid team that can rely on one another.

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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