Foxtrot 190 Recruit Journal – Week 04

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Foxtrot 190 Recruit Journal

Formed: August 5, 2014

Graduates: September 26, 2014


The clock does not stop here at TRACEN Cape May. Week 04 schedule was loaded. This week seems to have been the pivotal point in our recruit training. We practiced a lot of manual of arms; handling our M16 rifles upon commands, learned our piece nomenclature, learned some more close order drill and marched until our legs were numb. We lost a number of shipmates along the way. Our Lead Company Commander makes it clear that the standards are compromised for no one. This elevator only goes up, and it’s either recruits get with it or end up “missing movement” (which is a violation of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, which our Lead Company Commander Petty Officer Russell taught us). Ok… did you get that analogy? Do you see what I did there? You get what I am trying to say! It only gets harder. A number of people from the company were on probation, that is no joke! You walk around with a red belt on, and all who sees knows that you are on probation. Your room for error automatically shrinks at that point, others were sent to the Recruit Aptitude Motivational Program otherwise known as RAMP. It is like a gym workout on steroids. One of our shipmates from foxtrot190 plays the trumpet during regimental taps. At that moment, everything stops, that is the RAMP Candidates haven of rest. In essence aside from all of the time objectives and new material being thrown at us, the highlight of week 04 would be our company filling out our dream sheets. Now we all are seeking to remain focused as we patiently wait to see where we will be stationed. We sat for a mid-term. That there is an indication that time has been moving, and that we are half way through becoming disciplined, highly dedicated and motivated Coast Guardsman. Soon we will truly learn and know what it really means when we shout our Core Values HONOR, RESPECT, and DEVOTION TO DUTY.

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.