Foxtrot 191 Recruit Journal Week 03

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Foxtrot  191  Recruit Journal

Formed: April 21, 2015

Graduates: June 12, 2015
“Push ups begin!” That’s how we begin our days. Here at training center Cape May we are happy to be alive, as should everyone. So we start our days off just like every other normal person, with a whistle, falling out of our racks screaming “fire fire fire” and pushing the pavement. Who needs coffee? The Coast Guard is single handedly putting Starbucks out of business with their very own serving of Coastie caffeine. So far training has taught us how to do things we’ve done our entire lives, but in a much different way.

Week 03, we still have been practicing our walking, or marching as it is called here. Turn around? Nope. It’s an about-face. Its end result is the same, but it’s designed to make you feel stupid. We practiced all week walking around through the grass and standing there. As I am writing this, many people will read this and think that they sent their child to learn how to walk, tie knots, and sing. And honestly, that’s what my recruiter told me we would do. Trust me when I say it’s not at all what it seems. Going into week 04 there is already a slight change in all of us. We are managing ourselves better than before, which now that I think about it, isn’t really a good thing seeing as our company commanders say we are worse than toddlers.

Speaking of company commanders, they have recently been allowing us to sing cadence which in recruit training is a big deal. Contrary to what the movies show you, we don’t just step off the bus singing, and it’s also sort of difficult to do when running numerous miles. The cadences are earned and they are worth it. First off the songs are catchy, like really catchy. They are fun to sing and let everyone know we are here. While I’m on the subject of marching, so far there have been a total of 03 shipmates that have been hit with bird droppings while marching. Because of this, there is currently a conspiracy going around that the birds are trained to do so to see if we keep military bearing. Same thing goes for the bug spray. All that seems to happen when its applied is more gnats eat at you and it’s always at the worst times, like when a company commander is around. They do their best to make you break.


-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.