Foxtrot 193 Recruit Journal Week 02

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Foxtrot 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: July 19, 2016

Graduates: September 9, 2016


Foxtrot – 193

Week 02 Summary


Boot camp has officially begun for FOXTROT-193. So far training has been tough but we have pushed through it. Our Company Commanders are helping not only mold us into Coast Guardsmen but into better individuals as well. We have had a hard time coming together as a team though. As we have been told, team work helps make things easier at Training Center Cape May.

It is fair to say that the wonderful galley staff makes food that rivals or surpasses home cooking. Some of us may stay longer just for the food. I am joking; no one wants to be here more than 08 weeks. Not going to sugarcoat it. Training is very tough. It is tough but fair. So far we have had several different classes explaining the different options afforded to us by joining the Coast Guard. Such as family resources and counseling, helping ourselves and family get a higher education, classes on how to deal with stress, and much more. We certainly have many options, each one better than the next.

Keep sending mail friends and family. It keeps us feeling connected to you and we want you to know we are always thinking of you. That is, when we are not trying to remember our required knowledge so we don’t upset our Company Commanders. Parents if you thought you yelled at your child, the Company Commanders have topped it. We have faith in them though. They are very experienced and effective leaders. Our Lead Company Commander is YN1 Gilbert. Our Assistant Company Commanders are DCC Wheeley, DC1 Clifford, and YN1 Castle. Each one has different qualities that are they are trying to mold us with to become United States Coast Guardsmen, leaders, followers, and to make us better men and women.

We have made new bonds and friendships that will carry us through. Unfortunately, some of us have come down with the Cape May crud. Basically it is tough to sound off when you have a frog in your throat. Luckily for us, the medical staff here in Cape May is top notch of course and those who are under the weather are being well taken care of. So rest easy just like they are.

Each day we learn something new. More recently we were introduced to Manual of Arms. This is a sequence of movements and positions with our “pieces”. Felt pretty good. We did not look great but hey practice makes perfect. Each day we get to strive to be the perfect self we can be. Our company’s motto is “Good, better, best. Never let it rest, until your good gets better and your better gets best.” – St Jerome

We have made small improvements when it comes to Close Order Drill. With the exception of sometimes we forget what is left and what is right; driving our Company Commanders crazy! Garbage has been a frequent term to describe this. With the hot weather it has prevented us from practicing as much as we would like.

We are no longer the youngest company since Golf – 193 has moved in. It is now our job to set a good example for them as we now have someone looking up to us to set the standard.

As we end week 02 we know we have a long road ahead of us until September 9th but we will climb this long road, overcome any obstacles, continue eating great food, and listening to our Company Commanders as we continue to make each of you proud here in Cape May. Continue to keep us in your thoughts and prayers. We will need them!


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.


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