Foxtrot 193 Recruit Journal Week 06

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Foxtrot 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: July 19, 2016

Graduates: September 9, 2016



Week 06 summary


Pride. Pride is a powerful motivator. Something we seem to have lacked in our training. In week 06 we discovered some pride. I say some because there are times where we struggle and we lose our pride and week 06 proved to be no exception. Our Company Commanders see our potential and want us to reach those potentials and go beyond them. That is what our training is for, to be the best. The best recruit, the best company, and ultimately the best Coast Guardsman in the fleet.

We managed to string a couple of good days in a row together in the beginning of the week. We were loud, we were fast, and our actions were that in which portrayed us as the best company on the regiment. Unfortunately, the last two days we stumbled. Hard! We found ourselves making too many mistakes that a week 06 company should not be making. Our company motto is “Good, better, best. Never let it rest until your good gets better and your better gets best.” We were acting well at best over the course of the last two days. We have resolved to turn this around and start acting like the week 07 company we know we can be.

This week, all of Foxtrot can agree their favorite activity was going to the range. We had a chance to learn and practice safely with the Sig P229R DAK. Our great instructors from Goff Hall really coached us well and though not many of us qualified, we all walked away with knowledge and experience that will help us in the qualification process at our first unit.

With Foxtrot being a large company we had to split into two groups, port and starboard side, so we could not all go at the same time. However, this allowed for more focus from the instructors. The half that was not at the range practiced Manual of Arms and Close Order Drill. We have an inspection for both this upcoming week and we need some serious work before we go out there. If you want to see an example you can watch a clip on YouTube.

This week, most of us have been able to contact our first unit or have received a sponsor message which is our point of contact. We can ask the questions of what to bring, how long will the cutter be underway, and if there is housing available. We need to get it squared away so there is a smooth transition or at least somewhat smooth. For some in Foxtrot we are making cross country trips taking us to places we never thought we would go before. It is why the USCG is a great opportunity to see new places.

We also got out dress uniforms fitted and tailored. We have a little ditty that our Company Commanders used in early weeks of training “Shipmates, I look gooood!”. I think we were all thinking that.

As we close the book on another week the standards just get higher. Too many times we have been free choice Foxtrot. So when we close the book on Week 06 and open week 07, Foxtrot is going to rewrite its story to not read just well, but the best. So that when we see you again, our family and friends, we can say we did it and laid everything out there holding nothing back. That is the fitting end Foxtrot wants and will work for. Keep sending your prayers and letters. We will see you soon!



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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