Foxtrot 192 Recruit Journal Week 06

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Foxtrot 192 Recruit Journal

Formed: November 17, 2015

Graduates: January 8, 2016




26DEC15: Foxtrot, is settling nicely into Healy Hall. Even other Company Commanders have been impressed with how well Foxtrot has come along, because of our earlier hiccups. All week we’ve had a lot of opportunities to show our self-discipline. Our Company Commanders let the company get out of the rack. Outside and formed up. And we even took muster SAR style, which is on the move. While on our on base liberty the waitress at the Harborview, where we spent the majority of our time, said that we acted and behaved better than the majority of the companies that come through. Huge compliment.

This positively doesn’t mean that we can ease up and slip. We’ve been out of company for two days now and getting back into it will be hard. That being said. Good behavior will earn a ton of privileges to make things easier here. We earned coffee at some point in the week and life has never been better. We don’t need sleep now that we have our precious caffeine. Bring on the double watches.

Just because we’re moving forward as a company doesn’t mean the company commanders have stopped messing us. We have to stay locked on and one of our shipmates found that out the hard way. One of our company commanders caught him looking out of the port hole or skylarking in the galley. He was told to yell everything he sees around him, since he can’t keep his eyes in the boat.

During our on base liberty some of us ended up sharing our favorite stories when a personal favorite came up. During chow one of the section commanders started to approach the pack watch outside of the galley; and just like that, it seemed as if he multiplied and company commanders were all over the lonely recruit guarding our ruck sacks. Required knowledge bombs started to fly and so did ruck sacks. While company commanders were carrying off our ruck sacks the recruit was told to go tell his company commander about his “deficiencies”. He came running into the galley yelling “I have deficiencies!” all the while our entire companies ruck sacks are all over the place. Our company commander calmly surveyed the scene and told him to gather the ruck sacks and have them secured by the time the company is ready to form up and march off. He had to chase a company commander down the galley ramp in order to get his last pack back.

There are countless stories like this that I’m sure every one of you were told about during all the phone calls from my shipmates. Wish us luck as we go into our second to last week and start to focus on figuring out how to report to our units.


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.