Foxtrot 192 Recruit Journal Week 04

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Foxtrot 192 Recruit Journal

Formed: November 17, 2015

Graduates: January 8, 2016




Our Lead Company commander loves telling Recruits that they’re on their own little personal roller coaster. He means that they’re deciding their own fate and he doesn’t know what they’ll do next. This little quote applies to Foxtrot, too. We’re never consistent. We’re all on a roller coaster and we decide where it goes. Early this week we were riding high, but after failing to stay locked on we cork screwed back to week zero one.

Our orders were complete on Thursday, but our behavior didn’t allow for their delivery. When Our Lead Company Commander came into one of our classrooms with our orders in hand; we were touching our faces and using the back of our chairs, which he states “are for decoration only and not your comfort.” Our Lead crumbled the orders up then and there and the company hasn’t seen them since.

Events leading up to Thursday to build our Lead Company Commanders case, which lead to three days of sweat. Shipmates in Foxtrot didn’t salute the Executive Office, Commander Meuse, or other Officers around the regiment for that matter. At the range a shipmates interactions with a Chief were less than ideal, but you get the idea. And as our Lead promised we had three days of sweat.

But, back to the positive Foxtrot accomplished this week. Foxtrot went to Goff Hall Monday and basic weapons safety with the Gunners Mates. We field stripped the SIG P229R DAK Pistol. Wednesday and Thursday we loaded onto a bus and shipped to a nearby range where we got to live fire. If 28 shipmates of the attached 94 could earn a marksman qualification, Foxtrot would earn the black pennant and get to fly it when we earn our colors. If we earn them.


Charlie 192 graduated on Friday making Foxtrot a senior company on the regiment. After Delta and Echo graduate we will be the most senior company on the regiment. We’re beginning to the look the part, but only at the peak of the rollercoaster. We’re finally being given time to shine our boots and iron our uniforms at the good gracious of our Lead. Our racks are finally inspection ready. We practice our close order drill and manual of arms daily. And it’s finally coming together. However, two of our company commanders don’t think so.

The body count for reversion and rephasal is growing. I’m not sure how many shipmates we dropped this week but there were multiple victims. Some fell back for medical and others for academic reasons.

After a weekend void of classes but full of sweat like our Lead Company Commander said there would be. Foxtrot moves into another week. Hopeful for change and hoping to stay locked on!


SR Cundiff
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.