Foxtrot 193 Recruit Journal Week 04

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Foxtrot 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: July 19, 2016

Graduates: September 9, 2016


As FOXTROT 193 closes the chapter on another week, we have had some good moments. Not to worry, it is all part of the transition from civilians to the best Coastguardsmen we can be. The training is not easy, but neither is the job we are learning and have gotten better at meeting our Company Commanders time objectives, which makes them kind of happy. This is a great way to train for emergency situations where timing is critical and every second matters.


We took our midterms this week and blew the test out of the water. Our Company average was above 90%, which means we get a pennant to go on our guidon to show our accomplishment. I think sometimes our Company Commanders wonder why we cannot remember our required knowledge then.

Another bright spot, on Thursday, we put in our dream sheets. We requested 04 districts of the Coast Guard and requested specific Sectors, Stations, or Cutters. Many of us were looking forward to this. This week coming up, we will get our orders, telling us where we will get stationed after Basic Training. So be prepared for a quick call home.


We have struggled with marching in formation. We tend to speed up the pace, take longer strides; not staying aliened and covered down. Basically we are not looking the best. It all starts with confidence though. Our Lead Company Commander YN1 Gilbert, told us the first thing we needed to do is start marching confidently like we are week 08 recruits. Sometimes our confidences are tested. Even though we are officially half way through, the change is still occurring in us from civilian to military life.


We finished our fire fighting practical this week as well. We went to GOFF HALL and worked with Petty Officer Wright. We learned the chemistry of how fires are started, how to extinguish them, the different classes of fire, and the equipment used to help put out fires. Basically everyone fight fires in the Coast Guard. If there is a fire, you are helping put it out. This practical was very important for that reason. We got a chance not only to try the fire fighting gear on but to also simulate putting out a fire. Don’t worry, not a real fire, the room was just filled with a lot of smoke. Everyone enjoyed it but man the gear was heavy.


We are progressing here at Training Center Cape May. Undergoing a personal and professional evolution, we are not perfect, we have our struggles, kind of a lot of struggles. Our Company Commanders have referred to our Company as “Free Choice Foxtrot” we have been told to trust the system and training it will benefit us tremendously. We have slowly started to do that. This week coming up is a big week. The standards keep getting higher, as they should and we want the new challenges and responsibilities.


YN1 Gilbert asks one thing from us, “be the best version of ourselves each day”. To use a sports cliché we have to leave it all out on the field. We miss you all, our loved ones, friends and family.   Our training is half way completed. Thank you for your encouragement from mail, checking our page out. Know we are safe and healthy, or at least starting to feel healthier. We miss you all!



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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