Foxtrot 196 Recruit Journal Week 03

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Foxtrot 196 Recruit Journal

Formed: Jun 12, 2018

Graduates: Aug 03, 2018


Foxtrot-196 Blog Week 03

United States Coast Guard Boot Camp deals with plenty of young adults just trying to prove themselves, and Foxtrot-196 is one of them. Now nearing the end of week three, all the seaman recruits are starting to get the gist of how much a human can possibly sweat. Petty Officer Madrid told us from day one that he was relentless, and that is no lie. Foxtrot’s Company Commanders are putting a lot of energy into turning our Company around with an “about face”, into a Company that can work together. Plenty of steps were taken this week to feel more and more like we are actually joining a military service, the next step is to act like it. We all got our very pretty pictures taken for our military ID cards earlier this week, I know all the Grandma’s will want a copy for their family albums. This is such as small thing to do, but feels surreal all the same. There was difficult part to the ID card process, and that was trying to stay awake in the Administration building full of the highest ranking men and women on Training Center Cape May.


Now, not just taking pictures for a card happened this week; seamanship classes took place which makes or breaks a new Coastie. Seamanship take the Company away from sweating for a while, and brings a lot of the technical training of being underway out in the fleet. Being the helmsman of a ship, is a lot different than one would think, and in fact is something that fresh out of training seaman will be participating in. In seamanship we ran a simulator that was just a lot of “aye ayes”, something we are getting quite used to saying. We have been doing early morning/late night watches, and standing watch around Munro Hall is tiring, but feels very worth it. That’s nothing compared to what we will face being aboard a cutter miles out at sea. We found out how we are going need to put the importance of our voices out at sea as well. After a quick “man overboard” shouting challenge, it makes our company truly think about why our Company Commanders tell us that we need to scream our throats out. That’s a major component to saving a life someday. Foxtrot is a young Company on the Regiment, but when we finally get to our loudest point as a collective, everyone can feel the raw power ringing out. We are told we would hear some week seven out there, and be shocked to the bone at how loud we could possibly reach someday, if we work together and give it our all. We are going into our most stressful week and we are receiving a lot of what’s called “beatings” (incentive training) to get us to move faster, louder and work together. Before Cape May you would have never thought that holding a paper out in front of your face and reading it would be so hard, but then again we do it to ourselves, aye aye. Same goes with things like holding a canteen above your head, picking it up and putting it down for a very long time, some of the sweatiest unexpected things happen just how you least expect it.


Have no fear family and friends, Foxtrot-196 is resilient. We are coming fast and loud so just hold on. Week 03 down, week 04 here Foxtrot comes!


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.