Foxtrot 195 Recruit Journal Week 02

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Foxtrot 195 Recruit Journal

Formed: Oct 03, 2017

Graduates: November 22, 2017



Man what a Week!!! We had class this week with Chief Snyder and the funny thing about taking classes with Chief Snyder is he is so serious but has a funny way of getting his point across. Some of the things he says are funny but he is as Stone-faced as they come. Concluding class he always asks “are there any questions now’s the time to ask?” Sometimes we have questions but may be afraid to ask in fear what he will do if it is a ridiculous one. What will irritate you is the physical part of Boot Camp because most of us were active and it’s not the mistakes you make or your shipmates make is the shipmates who crack jokes instead of standing at attention or talk while in formation or even roll their eyes at the company commanders. When this happens the whole company gets to sweat. We all trust our company commanders to take care of the problems that they need to and Chief Wheeley has done a good job on laying down the hammer on recruits who are getting the company smoked we already have several ship mates who are being promised trips to ramp and we’re still weeks away from starting that program. Foxtrot is as a whole still hasn’t grasped the fact that we are not civilians anymore. We signed away that part of our life when our pen lifted from the contract.


We had the swim test this week and a number of us took that time to chat its funny how sound travels so well on the pool deck. But overall getting yelled at doing push-ups doing a swim assessment somehow we made it through another week. We did lose some shipmates and it always sucks to lose them because we started to bond with each other. Although we are starting to have some standout recruits (not in a good way) like you would think. They seem to be shall we say… having a hard time adjusting to this sudden life change. We all know that some of us are going to be graduation later than expected but we will stick together till The end. And maybe some of our shipmates need that extra week in training. In the end no one is going to ask you how many weeks you were in basic.


Being a Coastguardsmen is the dream we all share. Sure, some of us still have trouble saying the right thing, we’re not marching correctly. There’s a reason basic is eight weeks and we just survived week two it’s just one step forward at a time and hopefully most of us will make it to the parade field.



DCC Brandon M. Wheeley


Drum… For the rhythm of life never ends!


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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