Foxtrot 190 Recruit Journal Week 05

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Foxtrot 190 Recruit Journal

Formed: August 5, 2014

Graduates: September 26, 2014



Friday FOXTROT-190 experienced a paradigm shift in recruit training. We got two cookies out of the cookie jar. Earlier in the morning, the company had the privilege and the opportunity to participate in the Confidence Course. It was fun! Aside from enjoying that moment, it was rather refreshing to hear us hollering out each other’s names and chanting for each other. Signs of team work and care. The confidence course was the first cookie.

Now the second cookie caught the company off guard. We were supposed to receive our orders on Thursday, but never did. The company just left the expectation alone because we figured we have not been consistent enough to earn them. Well, after completing the confidence course, OS1 Russell begins to march the company through a random trail. The company was clueless! Only to find out we were receiving our orders! OS1 Russell, MKC Reid and ASTC Carire led us to the ocean. The beach was flawless. The scenery kind of took us away from the regiment for a moment. Before issuing our orders, OS1 Russell leaves us with these thoughts as he points to the ocean and says, “This is your new office. Two things you need to remember. You need to respect her, and she is unforgiving!” That was truly a defining moment for FOXTROT-190. That moment made all the 05 weeks worth it. Some were sent to small boat stations, cutters or schools.

Week 05 has been challenging in a different way. As we approach week 06, we are now a senior company on the regiment. We have received our orders. It has been a challenge so far but FOXTROT is growing through all of that, we are highly motivated, truly dedicated, Coast Guard Recruits! It is not complete yet, but we have come a long way!

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.