Foxtrot 191 Recruit Journal Week 05

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Foxtrot 191 Recruit Journal

Formed: April 21, 2015

Graduates: June 12, 2015


So “Search and Rescue” (SAR) week was a total success all the way around. Not only was it a busy week, a hectic week, but it was as of today the most memorable and rewarding week for FOXTROT-191. To start it off, the week’s morale kicked off with getting our dress blues! All nice and slick, feeling like King Neptune going to a Lynyrd Skynyrd concert, walking around with heads held high.

As the oh-so-scary songbird of the regiment (Petty Officer Wasowski) usually is the one to make us sweat when we are bad, the next day we are led on to believe that we are on our way to get beat. Our CC’s are all standing looking at FOXTROT-191 as if an incentive training session from hell is about to unfold… “CGC Thetis”, “STA Miami Beach”. Yup, as to our confusion and surprise they announced our orders in their own special way, cracking classy jokes and unleashing a strong cough sickness on FOXTROT-191! After that later on in the week we finally got to move into the big boy house (Healy Hall) which if everyone is wondering is like the penthouse suite of boot camp baby!

Then at the end of the week was that one day along with graduation the recruits of FOXTROT-191 will forever remember. May 23rd, 2015 TRACEN Cape May, NJ will forever be remembered and passed on to our children and grandchildren as one of the proudest moments of our lives. Face in the sand, the ocean at our backs and wind in our sails, suns out guns out on the Jersey Shore, the opportunity to cheer on our fellow shipmates and come together as a team whether we like each other or not. Right then at that moment on that day we truly became FOXTROT-191 of the United States Coast Guard and therefore earned our colors as a company. From now on when we march somewhere it will be with colors held high and proud, screaming our lungs out to awesome cadences, feeling ten feet tall and bulletproof.

It really just goes to show you what the blood, sweat, and tears these past 05 weeks have been for and the transformation of regular people to fine Coast Guardsmen, the dedication of our CC’s, and the drive to get better and better every day.

That’s all for this week ladies and gentlemen, stay tuned next week for a new chapter for FOXTROT-191!

“FOXTROT-191 signing out, America.”


-SR Hill



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.