Foxtrot 195 Recruit Journal Week 04

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Foxtrot 195 Recruit Journal

Formed: Oct 03, 2017

Graduates: November 22, 2017

As Foxtrot-195 finds themselves safely in the their racks, ready to enjoy an extra 30 minutes of sleep, we have a lot to reflect back on this last week… We did out fire fighting practical’s, and despite the smoke, and chaos we prevailed as a company. Shortly thereafter, F-195 found themselves boondocker deep in mid-term exams; 50 questions over knowledge we’ve gained this last month to be completed in 75 minutes. The company average was about 90%, to it is safe to say that although we may lack some common sense, we do possess a mild amount of brains in our thick recruit skulls. We also had our personal fitness tests, while most of the company passed with flying colors, even exceeding our original week 01 assessment, we did have a handful of shipmates fail. I often wonder how one could make it all the way to Cape May, only to not give 100% effort 24/7. If there is ever a time to be the best man/woman you are, and give your absolute best, boot camp is the place. This is a 55 day job interview, through hell, and if you truly leave all your sweat, tears, blood, heart, and soul on your Company Commanders Quarterdeck, you just may earn the privilege of wearing the United States Coast Guard Uniform on your body. To many shipmates in F-195, there is no greater honor, we are waiting like a kid on Christmas Eve to finally get to wear the Tropical Blue Long uniform at graduation. Week 05 is but a few hours away. A week full of inspections, and surprises. May of us miss our families, friends, and pets. So if by some divine miracle ya’ll are reading this, just know that every night at 2145 we have prayer time and time to read your letters to us. More than half the recruits shed tears of joy and longing as they read their mail. During prayer time, we pray for ourselves, but mostly for our family, friends, and significant others. The support of God and Family is truly motivating.

A few moments of humor from week 04, without losing military bearing of course. Chief Snyder accused a shipmate of running a black market shower shoe operation. During rack inspections, he also insisted a shipmate was inhaling smelly boondocker fumes, explaining it had to be the reason for his rack to be so dirty. When a shipmate spilled maple syrup in the galley, he was made to stand before the company shouting “Sip, Sip, Sippin’ on Some SYYYYRRRUPPPPP!”

Some other forms of creative punishment included shower drills, shaving drills, and screaming until we lose our voices. Most of what we end up screaming is utter nonsense meant to humiliate us into assimilating and conforming to stand operating procedures of the military. On a final note, this evening in order to punish childish antics, we were beaten with incentive training to the tone of “If you’re happy and you know it” from the children’s show Barney and Friends. It was agony and on full blast for 04 hours while we pulled line, held canteens, sniper position, and did infinite fire drills.

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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