Foxtrot 191 Recruit Journal Week 02

International Maritime Signal Flag Foxtrot

International Maritime Signal Flag Foxtrot


Foxtrot Recruit Journal

Formed: April 21, 2015

Graduates: June 12, 2015
So the week is coming to an end and has it been eventful. I’ll start this entry with the fact that the Foxtrot is still having issues getting loud and sounding off in unison. It’s really interesting, these little things we have crammed into our head. During all of the madness, you don’t have much time to think about it, but if you step back, everything really does make sense. I’m hoping Foxtrot realizes that as a whole soon. Some things, for example, sounding off will prepare you for getting loud during an emergency. Other things like squaring your rack forces you to become more organized so that in a time sensitive emergency you can quickly grab your gear and go. Even incentive training has its place. Rope pulls force you to prepare for pulling line during a man over board or rescue situation. During the time of punishment, these things may seem annoying and pointless, but they all really do have a purpose.

With that being said, this is a recap of the week, so let’s recap. Week two has been incredibly stressful for multiple reasons. This week started performance trackers. I’ll explain. Performance trackers are handed out any time a recruit is acting out of place. What happens if you are told to fill out a paper and submit it to the company commander, this is meant to be a bad thing, however there seems to be some questioning on exactly how negative these can impact a recruit. For example, one shipmate was told to fill out a tracker for calling a company commander “Petty Officer Shrek.” This is just one of many one liners that you may hear when being told to fill out these trackers. Aside from that, we received our pieces which are just replica M-16’s. We have been learning our Manual of Arms. Doing this can become confusing during marching, which we have yet to nail. Hopefully we get it together because we are told that next week we are marching in a parade. Most of this week has been full of classes other than that. Week two is a wrap, Foxtrot will be back in week three.

-SR May, B.M.

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.