Foxtrot 196 Recruit Journal Week 02

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Foxtrot 196 Recruit Journal

Formed: Jun 12, 2018

Graduates: Aug 03, 2018


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Foxtrot-196 Blog Week 02

The minute Foxtrot-196 stepped off the bus and arrived officially at Cape May, the first moments of a very new world opened up. Past habits are completely gone, everything that recruits did at home before totally changed. The backs of our chairs are no longer for our backs, being told by our Company Commanders that “It’s not like moms couch.” The way we talk, respectful, quick paced and very loud. Well, I guess the only thing that changed in our speech was the respectful part. Parents, be prepared to meet a totally different version of your baby then you’ve ever known before. Who are these diligent men changing Foxtrot recruits exactly? Lead Company Commander Petty Officer Botts; humorous, even when you must keep your bearing, but very intimidating and full of all the new lessons we must learn. Petty Officer Madrid; intense, relentless and never afraid to turn the heat on. Petty Officer Casey; the man to get right into your face, not holding back a single thing. Finally Chief Kaseman, more of the less in your face Company Commander, but that doesn’t mean when you cross him he won’t snap back just intensely. Four different influential Coast Guardsmen, determined to take the best (and worst) of 75 recruits and turn them into the next generation of very capable Coast Guard men and women.

Foxtrot has 03 different squad bays; main muster, secondary and the female squad bay. Already, we have the leaders, responsible for their squad’s shipmates. Squad Leaders try their hardest to keep their shipmates from the wrath of our Company Commanders. They are SR Sosa, leader of the female squad bay, SR McEldowney leader of main muster and SR Cheney of secondary squad bay. With so much happening at once, certain recruits have to be tasked to do more specific jobs, but the hardest of them all are the Yeoman. Right in the crossfire of a Company Commander’s shouts, they work their hardest to get everything organized. Come back from lunch and everything’s scattered on the deck (floor)? Yeoman’s job to resituate every last scrap. Not only organization but flat out face time with our Company Commanders, which results in a lot of mistakes, but also things learned. Our hardworking Yeoman are; SR’s Gunn, Marksberry, Quintin and Lawson. While not all of them wanted this job, they do their absolute hardest work. Now this isn’t to say, that the rest of the shipmates don’t work hard, because every last second of our days are spent sweating, stressing, and screaming louder than ever before.

Such a short amount of time has felt like an eternity, but there’s been much learned already. Marching as a Company is one thing that doesn’t happen often outside of the military world, but is an extremely powerful feelings. “LEFT, LEFT, LEFT-RIGHT, LEFT” echoes through Cape May’s sidewalks all day long, and continues in the heads of recruits all night long. Even though sometimes we hit our rights on our lefts, so on and so forth. To quickly name more things echoing through recruits brains day by day: “FIRE, FIRE, FIRE!”, “Shoe laces!”, “Louder!”, “Faster!” and much much more. One of the important definitely being “If one fails, we all fail.”. Foxtrot 196 has just started, and we are tuning-in to the most important factor of this all, TEAMWORK.


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.