Foxtrot 193 Recruit Journal Week 05

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Foxtrot 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: July 19, 2016

Graduates: September 9, 2016


F-193 Wk 05 Summary


Week 05. Search and rescue week. Whatever you want to call it, it’s over. We made it. Most of us anyway, we lost more shipmates this week. All for failing their physical fitness test. It was a gut-check to walk into the squadbays and see the empty racks. They’re a constant reminder that nothing is guaranteed.

Looking back on the week, it’s hard to believe we did so much. As if waking up, taking muster, getting dressed, forming up outside, and to chow in 15 minutes wasn’t enough, after that we had full days of training. This week saw us at our personnel inspection. Which didn’t go very well. The Battalion Commander was not thoroughly impressed with our uniforms. Once again, we disappointed and embarrassed our Lead company Commander, which is never good. One big event was getting our dress uniforms; talk about motivation! It’s also a lot more stuff to fold, but mostly the uniforms represent a big step forward for us. Seeing the pins for our covers that will identify us as Coast Guardsmen really got us pumped up.

Unfortunately, when we do really well one day, there seems to be a tendency to get complacent and rest on our laurels. And so it was on Wednesday, when we went to the gym. Shipmates forgot the basics: Don’t talk, keep your right shoulder to something, and use some common sense. Simple as that. What we forget is that as the training goes on, the standards get higher, the little details we learned in weeks 01 and 02 are more important than ever. On the downside, this cost us our evening routine, so instead of having a few hours of structured wind-down before taps, we just did some sweating.

Of course, the biggest news this week was receiving our orders! Most of us were at least satisfied with them. Whether a National Security Cutter, or a River Construction Tender. Orders are orders, and they’re something tangible that means we’ll get out of here. Our mentors were onboard and were able to point out some benefits of particular duty station that shipmates weren’t too sure about.

The rest of the week was filled with classes on everything from the proper donning of a personal flotation device to what kind of travel assistance we’re eligible for. Friday night found some of our members losing focus at choir. Long story short, we suffered for that today. You’d think that it would be hard to disappoint a Chaplain, but Foxtrot can get it done.

“My shipmates are never above me, never below me, always beside me.”

“Good, better, best. Never let it rest till your good gets better and your better gets best.”


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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