Foxtrot 193 Recruit Journal Week 03

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Foxtrot 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: July 19, 2016

Graduates: September 9, 2016

 

F-193 Week 03 Summary

 

Another week down, with seemingly few improvements to report. That’s not to say it hasn’t been an eventful week, though. First, some of the positives: the knife-hands have started to slow down. It’s not that we don’t screw up as much anymore, we’re just (slightly) better at policing ourselves. We got our identification cards and United States Coast Guard name tags this week – each of which is a step towards becoming graduates of bootcamp, and full-fledged members of the military. Our ID’s represent one more thing to get in trouble for, but also a further reminder that we can do this.

This week, the slowing of those knife-hands also represented a shift in the focus of our training. We’re starting to learn about things that we’ll need to know out in the fleet – knots, basic water survival, what kind of leave we’re entitled to. The most practical lesson of all may have been on how we change our socks and footwear. The answer is, very quickly. As we frantically tied and retied our shoes, I couldn’t help but think of my kindergarten teacher and how proud she would be if she saw me now; all grown up and I still can’t tie my shoes the right way.

Along with the shift in training came a shift in sweat too. Now that we have our pieces, we can do piece incentive training, which might be worse than regular. Other than the IT and remedial training that require a lot of sweat, the Company Commanders have started singling recruits out who need a bit of a gut check. There’s a hawser to be pulled back and forth, back and forth. Frequently, though, the squad leaders get beat for the actions of a few shipmates. It’s tough to watch, especially seeing our shipmates up there. We know they wouldn’t let us down, but we’ve let them down. Hopefully we’ll start working harder as a team right now.

While we’ve earned a lot of sweat this week – from seamanship to other classes, to behavior in the galley, to sweating for looking around while we were sweating – there have been some lighter moments too.

 

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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