Foxtrot 194 Recruit Journal Week 04

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Foxtrot 194 Recruit Journal

Formed: March 7, 2017

Graduates: April 28, 2017



Week 04 Historian Summary


What if I told you that week 4 was easier than week 3? And that week 3 was easier than week 2? Considering that April 1 just passed, I think you can guess what that means, April Fools. Our Chaplin told us that by week 4 we would get punished less and that the company will have more responsibility. In Foxtrot Company with more responsibilities, comes double the sweat and twice the speed. Don’t get me wrong, we don’t sweat for any reason. Most of the time the whole company is late for a time objective, not every shipmate sounds off like they should. When one fails, we all fail because we are a team.

Week 4 started off dark and early, with one of our company yeoman, shipmate Morris, telling us to get up and get ready in 60 seconds. Half asleep and with crusty eyes, we scramble out of the racks and get on line on the quarterdeck to start. Muster is basically our roll call to see who is here; we have to sound off our last name as loud as we can and if we hesitate, Fire Fire Fire. Instead of conducting muster inside we are now outside in the chilly morning Cape May air pushing the deck for muster. Later in the day came a rack inspection which we all had time to make our racks look nice, but that didn’t stop our company commander from destroying our racks for not using our time wisely. We found ourselves grabbing our belongings from all around the squad bay, and stuffing it into our sea bags. Once we had our full sea bags packed up, we started to pass them one by one around and around for what seemed like an eternity. By the time night fall came around we were exhausted. We have our good days and our bad, but sometimes that’s just how it goes.

A good highlight of the week was going to Goff Hall and learning how to fight fires. We learned how to properly put on full fire fighting gear and how to work as a group manning an energized fire hose. The room was filled with smoke and hard to see, so you had to stay as low as you could under the smoke to get close enough to fight a virtual fire.

While we are in the galley most days, there is a section of tables that no one likes to go by. We call it the shark tank. It’s where all of the company commanders sit and wait for one person to make a wrong mistake and then they attack. From not moving fast enough, to looking around once you’re caught you can be faced with question on required knowledge or plan of the day information. This is a true test to see how the day for the company will go.

Another exciting experience we had is getting to put in our dream sheets. This is what units we want to go to. Getting to put where we want to be stationed really motivated us to want to succeed and be better. Unfortunately we aren’t coming together as fast as we should. In this case, our squad leaders had to pay for our mistakes on their own. Seeing our squad leaders sweat and scream hurt us emotionally. We felt bad that they had to pay for our mistakes, so we all decided it was time to come together and we helped them out and sweat along side of them.

Bringing week 4 to a close, we ended the week with our mid terms. For most of the company we passed, but for a few they had to retake it. Let’s just hope we can learn from our mistakes and join together to become the true Foxtrot-194.


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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