Foxtrot 194 Recruit Journal Week 05, 06, 07

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Foxtrot 194 Recruit Journal

Formed: March 7, 2017

Graduates: April 28, 2017

 

 

F-194

Week 05 Historian Summary

 

With search and rescue week down, we only have 02 and a half weeks, a handful of days. From the day we stepped off the bus to the end of week 05, we have gotten exponentially better. We have so much more room to grow; we need to be the best company on the regiment. Being a senior company at Training Center Cape May is awesome but the stakes are higher and punishments are far harsher.

As a whole, Foxtrot had the best week of training yet. We progressed more in this week, more than any week up to this combined. Given, we had to utilize all the tools we have previously acquired. During search and rescue, wake up time was at the normal 0530. But there was a twist. Foxtrot was expected to get out of our racks, run to the quarterdeck (main hallway), take muster (roll call), change from our physical fitness gear to our Operational Dress Uniform, try to shave our faces and brush our fangs, get in formation outside and march to the galley all in 15 minutes. It sounds easy if one person had to do it by themselves, but with 90 people it gets a little dicey. On Monday, we made the time objective but we were marching without a guide on (the company’s flag). It was all bad and we got reminded for it. It was obvious at first that this theme of search and rescue week was time objectives. One of the great things this week was less punishment. Our Company Commanders focused on individual punishment rather than beating the whole company to a pulp. All week we were sounding off and making time objectives in hopes that we would get our orders sooner. Today (Saturday) we woke up, went to chow and then marched to the beach. It was the first time any of us had been to the beach out here. We lined up shoulder to shoulder looking at the ocean while Senior Chief Kilduff gave an extraordinary speech. He reminded us why we are here. “You see the big beautiful ocean? This is your new office! Now, what I want you to do is walk up to the water’s edge, grab some water, and taste it. Taste it because that is the last thing someone tastes before they drown. As of now Foxtrot, you will do everything in your power to not let that happen!” we then did pushups and flutter kicks to give back the salt water we took. When we got up, he told us to turn around. Blowing in the wind was our real company flag, no longer a white rag with the letter ‘F’ on it. Senior Chief Kilduff said, “you see something you want” Go grab it!” We all ran to the flag and held it up as high as we could, while simultaneously screaming, “Foxtrot, Foxtrot!” Once we got back from the beach, we got our orders. Senior Chief Kilduff called us one by one and told us our next port of call in front of our whole company. What a sensational way to end off a week we worked so hard for. We still have a long way to go, and it will be difficult. However, calm seas do not make a good sailor.

 

Week 06

Week 06 Historian Summary

Week 06 is coming to an end and quick. This week, Foxtrot did not perform up to par for a week 06 company. After receiving our colors and orders on the same day, the whole company got mad hype and comfortable. Thus getting us beat this week for not showing out. Although we got our backs handed to us this week, we had a lot of work and imperative class. Foxtrot went to the shooting range and filled cardboard with holes and the floor with hot brass casings. Well maybe not filled, considering how the majority of the company did not qualify. That is mind boggling to me because shipmates constantly reminded us about how dead-eye they are prior to the range. If the majority of this company got a qualifying score then our company colors would have been decorated by another pennant.

Foxtrot is already the most decorated company on the regiment taking us one step closer to our conquest of success. Toward the rear of this week, we started to act like a company again. We received our colors and we are trying to prove we deserve them. Today, Saturday the 15th, was another big milestone and test in recruit training. We received the privilege of participating in on base liberty. It is something we all needed. A small break from the breakdown of our civilian selves. We had this opportunity to visit the Coast Guard Exchange, our on base convenience store and the Harborview, an all hands game room with a small kitchen. The majority of the company indulged themselves in outside pleasantries such as fat tilled foods and caffeinated drinks. My gosh we had candy and chocolate running down our gullets at the speed of light. After we finished our binge session, we tried to remember how to operate our smart phones after being offline for six weeks.

Contacting our families was exceptional and much needed. Being able to hear the pride in their voices knowing their kin is Coast Guard bound was fuel to the fire. On base liberty gave us a taste of freedom, tested our ability to maintain military bearing without immediate supervision and reminded us we are on the back end of training. Let me tell you, Foxtrot is hungry as hell, and not just for chocolate.

 

Week 07

 

Week 07 Historian Summary

The way this week started out was a wee bit sketchy. We started out with a mistake that resembled a week 02 company. We got our faces melted by our lead, Senior Chief Kilduff, for not calling attention on deck. Once the sweat finished dripping off our carcasses, it seemed as if something clicked. Knowing that Foxtrot was next in line to stunt on the regiment sparked a fire under the seats of our trousers. It finally felt real. All the work we have put in shows in the way we move and sound.

Week 07 was one for the books. There were some bumps in the road, and we lost some shipmates in the process, but Foxtrot is strong as hell. Milestones on milestones on milestones. Foxtrot’s own ensign, Roxy (AKA Foxy Roxy), is well kept and treated right by our guidon bearer. This week we had the pleasure and honor to carry Roxy, who is more decorated by pennants than any other company on the regiment. The first pennant we earned this week was for Seamanship. In just 07 weeks, we have transformed from civilians to government property who know the working parts of the deck of a ship and their functions. To earn the pennant for Seamanship we had to achieve an average of 90% on a closed book exam. For that, we earned a green pennant for our lovely Roxy.

Next came our Manual of Arms and Close Order Drill test in front of Chief Williams. Manual of arms is when you control your demilitarized M16 in a uniform and precise manner. If one person is half a second late to the next move, it stands out like a sore thumb. The Close Order Drill test is a test upon our marching abilities and quality as a company. On both the marching and arms tests, Foxtrot earned perfect 10s earning sweet Ol’ Roxy another pennant. She’s looking FINE! Senior Chief Kilduff later told us he has only had maybe 01 or 02 other companies receive double perfect scores.

My word, the way that lovely Roxy blows in the wind, that great big red diamond gleaming in the sun; it makes you feel really proud about the work you put in and understand the beatings dished out. Most of our shipmates have thought, “What the heck did I get myself into?” Well, being able to see awards for our achievements keeps us motivated.

The next exam was the most important exam in all of our weeks of training. This is where we lost a couple shipmates. The final exam determines if you graduate with Foxtrot or if you go Golfin’. Luckily 30 questions were open book and 20 were closed book. Over 90% of our company passed earning us our third pennant in 05 days. Off base liberty was also a huge success. Some shipmates got a hotel room, showered and slept while others stuffed their faces with greasy food. We had the opportunity to talk to our families and friends as well. T’was a good week leading into a better one.

 

 

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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