Foxtrot 192 Recruit Journal Week 03

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Foxtrot 192 Recruit Journal

Formed: November 17, 2015

Graduates: January 8, 2016


These words really catch the essence of week 03 for Foxtrot. Our company commanders gave us the motto to chant on the regiment; “foxtrot doesn’t care”. Some say it’s true, and others don’t believe it. Our squad leaders and company yeoman work tirelessly to change the attitude, but it still does have a kernel of truth.

In more practical company news, this week we began seamanship classes. In seamanship we’ve learned the basic vocabulary involving deck fittings, knots, and line. We’re on our way to learning how to moor our cutters, secure lines, and work the deck. Our seamanship instructors teach with personalities perfectly suited for the class. It’s taught in an old building full of wood with a rich smell of rope and rafters. On the quarterdeck you can find a knot-board, scale models, and nautical sculptures. There’s enough line fancy work to make the heartless sailor beam.

Speaking of line, we also learned and practiced the 05 knots required by the coast guard. We learned the bowline, to make a temporary eye in a line. The clove hitch is for making a line fast to a piling, with a slip clove hitch being a minor variation. The square knot will join two lines of equal size and material, and a round turn and two half hitches will secure line to a ring, eye or anchor.

Due to scheduling changes over matters above our pay-grade, we also were able to submit our “dream-sheets” this week. A dream-sheet is actually an assignments form and it will hopefully get recruits to where they want in the fleet. Once sent to the detailer, the forms are taken into consideration and worked into the needs of the service for our first assignments. All this exciting stuff usually happens in week 04, not week 03. This means well get to know our first billet one week early, and also get to call home one week early. Our phone call can only be 05 minutes, but it will be a milestone for every recruit. Most of this company of over 100 members will be spread all over the world within the next few months.

Foxtrot-192 remains hopeful for next week. We look forward to the classes to come as well as finding out our first jobs. We’re also taking steps forward as a company. We finally can march ourselves well enough to go to and from classes under squad leader cadence. We’ve also managed to spend a few minutes practicing manual of arms without Company Commanders. This time is invaluable for us. It not only allows for us to improve our marching and manual of arms, but the opportunity to test our self discipline.

If you read this on the blog, look forward to a phone call sometime later this week!



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.