Foxtrot 192 Recruit Journal Week 02

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Foxtrot 192 Recruit Journal

Formed: November 17, 2015

Graduates: January 8, 2016

This week FOXTROT-192 reached its extremes. We acted as both the best company we can be and the worst. Week 02 is typically for hard physical workouts and certain initial classes. Due to our varying but usually low performance, we’ve “Incentive Trained” quite often. By this I mean for hours daily, we’re pushing, squatting, kicking, crunching, and yelling a lot more than we would like. This week started with an overwhelmed FOXTROT-192. Coming out of indoctrination weekend, we didn’t know how to do much, and much was expected. We were failing on most fronts early on. We weren’t sounding off, meeting time objectives, or moving fast. We were addressing Company Commanders wrong, looking them in the eyes, and touching our faces incessantly. This all calls for correction and Company Commanders are very good at breaking down habits. The Company Commanders have “games” to play for each mistake. If we “skylark”, or look around needlessly at the Position of Attention, we get to play “eyes in the boat”. This entails filling out canteens, drawing a boat on them, then holding them out straight ahead. Once this position is held, we yell “my eyes are in the boat” repeatedly for short stretches of about 15 minutes that link together for a brutal length. Touching your face warrants a heavy recital of page 200. This page in the Coast Guardsman’s manual has a passage about discipline and punishment. We read it over and over in the same position as “eyes in the boat”. TO address our conversational problems, we have classes on rates, ranks, and how to properly speak to everyone. Technically, we now know what we are doing, but in reality we’re making more mistakes than ever. On Monday and Tuesday, we were failing on most fronts, but on Wednesday we figured it out. It was the day before Thanksgiving. We still weren’t sure whether we would be leaving the squad bay for thanksgiving, so we gave it our all. A strange thing happens when FOXTROT-192 gives it their all; we actually succeed. We were finally loud, fast, and making time objectives; we had a great night, left the whole day with various host families, and truly enjoyed Thanksgiving. We also got the invaluable opportunity to call family and friends on such a big holiday. FOXTROT-192 owes a lot to the community of Cape May for affording us such a great opportunity. After our unconventional liberty, we were back at it for Friday. With seemingly no drive, we failed nearly every time objective and were never loud. We regressed back to the negatives of Monday and Tuesday. On Saturday, FOXTROT-192 remains lost, with everyone out of sync and looking dead in the eyes. This being said, we can gain inspiration from those shipmates who never fail, always sound off, always work. Very soon FOXTROT-192 will have its motivation back and show its best again. Until then, wish us luck

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.