Foxtrot 196 Recruit Journal Week 04

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Foxtrot 196 Recruit Journal

Formed: Jun 12, 2018

Graduates: Aug 03, 2018


Foxtrot-196 Blog Week 04

Dream work makes the team work, and that means Foxtrot Company needs to do a little less dreaming and a little more working. This short week has been packed to the brim with new experiences for our company, starting with Sunday’s march. Being the youngest company marching, Foxtrot had to try and kick it up a notch to impress not only our Company Commanders and the Battalion Commander but everyone watching from the sidelines and from wherever else our families got to view it from. With a good start to our week we promptly moved into feeling the heat. The 4th of July came and passed, recruits didn’t watch fireworks but we sure did produce the same amount of heat, sound and complete pride in the greatest country. Let us explain a little bit of our very humid, strenuous week.


Image if you will our appearance; uniforms as if we just soaked in a hot tub for 30 minutes while taking a beating. We do so by packing up every item we have here at Cape May, and simply throw it in a bag, then at the shipmate next to you. Well, in a now aggressive manner as much as we could handle… almost prematurely put into our graves, that long bag fun taught us, “Nothing is given, everything is earned.”. By the middle of the week, many recruits started getting introduced to a new visitor, pink eye. Lingering in every nook and cranny of our squadbay is a nasty new dilemma, right up there with the Cape May Crud. Everyone’s coughing on everyone else’s everything. Petty Officer Madrid really seems to want to lock it down, but no matter the amount of wipes we toss around, it’s still creeping its way into the corner of squadbays and our eyes.


More heat got turned on when we got to try out firefighting. Throwing gear on, oxygen masks and blindly following shipmates through a “smoky” room was very intense. You depend so much on the people around you to get your job done, and done fast and efficiently as possible. Of course it won’t always work out the best on the first shot, and it ended up in one shipmate spraying another and leaving them wet and confused in a puddle of water. Mistakes happen every moment, and that’s what we were told back in Sexton Hall. We learned fast our consequences were twice as bad as our mistakes. An example: Learning manual of arms; our Lead Company Commander, Petty Officer Botts trying to teach us something and to bluntly say it, someone farted. Petty Officer Botts noticed (of course) and promptly said “You better sniff that back up.” Military bearing is hard, and increasingly in moments such as these. A few recruits snickered and we found out that ends up in “FIRE! FIRE! FIRE!” and getting our sweat on over and over. Now our long week 04 comes to a close, and we are trying hard to get to that finish line strong. All we gotta do is remember who “the man” is.


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.