Foxtrot 191 Recruit Journal Week 07

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Foxtrot 191 Recruit Journal

Formed: April 21, 2015

Graduates: June 12, 2015

It seems like we laid our heads down on the first day of week 01 and woke up in week 08. In TRACEN Cape May there’s a recruit saying: “The days go slow but the weeks fly by.” None of us really believed or grasped what that really meant or if it was true, but when we look back, it is true. All the ups, downs, about faces and every other direction that you can think of, all the blood, the tears, good times, bad times, accomplishments and failures that F-191 has been through these past 08 weeks happened in what seemed like in the blink of an eye. This being my last summary I’m going to shed a little light on what boot camp has taught F-191.


Now whether you’re in the Coast Guard or not, this is just life knowledge we’ve gained and found out firsthand. What’s the meaning of life? For some it’s money, power, fame etc, and there’s nothing wrong with that—do what makes you happy, but for “we few, we happy few, we band of brothers and sisters,” it’s about a whole lot more. We have learned and come to realize for some the pursuit of happiness is waking up everyday not knowing what might happen, living a life of adventure and seeing world, to save and help people in need. There’s plenty of money out there and Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber are holding the fame part down for us. But in all seriousness most people spend their while life working their life away, and for what? Money, fame? If your life really flashes before your eyes before when you die, do you want to see yourself in the same place your whole life doing the same thing everyday working your life away to try and be like people on TV? Miserable to look back and ask yourself, “Is that really all I did with my time on Earth?” Or do you want to see yourself on a 210 foot USCG cutter exploring the world, helping people, making a difference on a life adventure seeing new places and meeting people from all over the world, not knowing what tomorrow brings?


Now I’m not saying quit your job and join the military because a lot of people enjoy what they do and hey, whatever makes you happy. To me though the pursuit of happiness is the journey in life you take, the people and places most people don’t get to experience and all the memories and adventures along the way. F-191 is not black, white, yellow, purple or any other type of profile, we are USCG men and women now.


Week I will say that ITC Kilduff, OS1 Wasowski, and BM2 Allen are to thank for our transformation. If not for them we wouldn’t be the people we are today. The time they take out of their lives and away from their families to better us proud few, I promise they don’t do it for the money. They do it because it’s what they love; this is their adventure in the pursuit of happiness. Honor, respect, and devotion to duty means something and they taught us to eat, sleep, and breathe it. They are a rare breed of people that we have the privilege of calling our Company Commanders. Now they might be mean cusses, but they’re our mean cusses. It’s pretty cool when you march on the regiment and both junior and senior companies all look and think “Damn, there’s FOXTROT CC’s, we’ve heard about them.” They really do think and say that, trust me!!! Even our sponsors at our stations/cutters know who they are and they’ve been graduated for years and still say, “Oh damn those are your CC’s? Yeah we’ve heard of them.” I call that lucky in my book. With all of that said and done we’ll see y’all in 05 days hopefully and thanks for reading.


“FOXTROT-191 signing out for the last time.”

-SR Hill

Foxtrot 191 Graduation Program


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.