Recruit Journal Foxtrol 188

Recruit Journal Foxtrol 188

Formed: April 16, 2013

Graduate: June 7,2013


Today was Foxtrot’s first taste of SAR week brings to the table. After making to chow at 0545we went non-stop for the remainder of the day. Having a quick class over flags and pennants and their various

International Maritime Signal Flag Foxtrot

International Maritime Signal Flag Foxtrot

meanings, then headed to seamanship learning about radio communications and signaling devices used during survival situations. After evening chow we put on our inspection ready Operational Dress Uniform(ODU) and had an intense inspection by our Battalion and Section Commander. We did get some motivational words from them, congratulating us for making it to week 05, but still reminded us of the long road which is yet to be traveled ahead. Having a somewhat successful first day of week 05 really brought up company morale, considering how nervous we were going into it. Hopefully we can keep it going and by the end of the week have all of our shipmates come out stronger than before.  


Today was day 02 of SAR week and Foxtrot still stands strong. We started our day by being issued our dress uniforms, while we looked at ourselves wearing our dress blues there was a overwhelming sense of pride in the service we are about to join. After lunch we went to seamanship for a long hands on class about both radio communications and a demonstration of the pyrotechnics we will use if in a survival situation. Although the class went from lunch to supper time seemed to fly by because it was purely hands on training. Although SAR week is considered the most difficult week of training F-188 continues to try to meet all challenges head on. Even though we stumble occasionally we will try to learn from our mistakes to become the best company on the regiment.




Today was a busy day for Foxtrot, after morning chow we had a intense bike workout where we get the opportunity to study as well as sweat. Straight from the Gym we had a class on the duties of being a boat crewman such as Coxswain, Engineer, and Crewman. These are positions we hope to qualify as once we can join the fleet. From there we went to seamanship where we took our midterm and the company average was a 93, which means we are on our way to earning the seamanship pennant. After seamanship and evening chow we returned to the squad bay for a meeting with the Chaplain, which always brightens our day. Tomorrow is a day we all have been looking forward to, getting our orders, F-188 morale should sky rocket in the next 24 hours.




Today brought a ton of excitement for the future active duty shipmates of Foxtrot-188. They received their orders to report to their next unit after graduation. From Puerto Rico to Alaska, Foxtrot will be representing what it means to be a Coast Guardsmen across this great nation of ours. This got each and every shipmate pumped up and ready to take on anything. All we need to remember is that we still have 03 weeks of training left and that’s it’s time to “Train On”. Aside from our orders, many members of Foxtrot donated blood to the American Red Cross, which got us some sweets, something we haven’t seen in over a month. Tomorrow Foxtrot has to get right back in the game, we are responsible for the safety and well-being of the regiment during graduation, so we will have to be operating at 110% despite all the excitement of knowing what the future brings.  




Today was an interesting day for Foxtrot-188. The entire morning was spent doing Delta-188 graduation support, while other companies where marching in the ceremony, F-188 stood various watches and duties across the regiment. We then had a class on travel entitlements provided for us after graduation. Then for the remainder of the day we practiced Manual of Arms, which is really coming together. We will not settle for anything less than a 10 out of 10. In addition to the Manual of Arms we had a lot of time to do uniform maintenance as well, so our uniforms should be inspection for a while and at all times. After a glimpse of D-188’s graduation, felt like getting a glimpse of our own future. Receiving our orders and seeing another company ahead of us, brings a realization that time is going by fast. Everyday brings us a day closer to our goal of joining the fleet.  




Today was a fantastic day for Foxtrot, possibly one of the best. Right after morning chow we went to the confidence course which is a intimidating obstacle course next to the track. From the outside, many shipmates were unsure of themselves going in, but as they completed an obstacle their confidence grew. After the confidence course we ran a 5K on base with many people from the Training Center, and local supporters of the community. It was a good chance to get a tour of the base while competing in a race. Finally we got our second meeting with our company mentor and he was able to answer many of our questions regarding our orders, which helped put our minds at ease. Foxtrot had a team heavy day, from cheering on the confidence course, to cheering as they crossed the finish line. We are beginning to really forge into a defined team.



This morning was jumpstarted at 0445! We were woken up by all of our Company Commanders screaming to get up and get outside. We were then told to heave in 05 extremely heavy lines in and neatly organize them on the deck. What we found at the end of the line was something we as a company had been looking forward to for a very long time. A life raft with our company colors posted on the bow. We have finally established ourselves as a senior company on the regiment and we couldn’t be more excited. We then went straight into divine hours, where all of us took care of business, and prepared for the upcoming week. It is crazy to think we are getting ready to start week 06, it seems like yesterday we stepped of the bus in front of Sexton Hall.

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 to ensure authenticity of the content and messages.