Foxtrot 196 Recruit Journal Week 05

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Foxtrot 196 Recruit Journal

Formed: Jun 12, 2018

Graduates: Aug 03, 2018


By the time family, friends and loved ones are waking up, calm and content in their beds, Foxtrot has already ran up and down several flights of stairs, dressed, gelled, shaved, eaten breakfast and probably is well into Incentive Training. “Search and Rescue” week 05 is to blame for the fast paced mornings and thus making the start for everything being more intense. It all began when Master Chief Wadley called out most of the Company for “Sculpture” looking sleeve rolls during an important inspection. Lot of things could have been done to prevent our discrepancies, including the common phrase of “Check yourself, Check your shipmate”. It’s a frequent thing we’ve been trying to figure out since day one; teamwork that is.


There was plenty of room for more teamwork, and Foxtrot got to shine light on it at the ending of our week during the surreal activity of the Confidence Course. Every Hollywood movie has the boot camp scene of Recruits hurdling wooden planks, climbing ropes and looking really sweet doing it. That’s exactly how Cape May’s Confidence Course was. Well, for a few of Foxtrot’s shipmates, the majority of us looked just plain sweat and some slightly scared. The determination never left us though, and shipmates started to join in on getting everyone else where they needed to be. Vaulting a wall? Your shipmate’s right there to lift you up, and ten more ahead to cheer your name and tell you how great you’re doing.


Now, it’s time to implement all that motivation into every last aspect of the rest of training. The Confidence Course was not the only exciting tough thing, as many should know by now, Foxtrot-196 has received their first official orders. West Coast, East Coast and Seas all over, we are just that much closer to being the next generation of the Coast Guards fleet. Our orders came to us in an unexpected way. The beginning of our day we got to join in on Delta-196’s graduation, and soon after we took off on a march towards ocean side. Last time we took this dirt path, we had huge sea bags on our shoulders, and marched a few miles trying to shout louder, so our expectations were that we were about to get another beating in. Next thing we know we go for a short run on the beach, not very cinematic in boondockers and trousers though, everyone sinking everywhere. We single file lined up towards a beautiful blue ocean and papers started to be put in our hands. First recruit steps forward, shouts their orders over the roar of the wave, steps back and it continues from there. It’s the moment that you find out where the start of the rest of your life will be, and while it may not be what was expected, everything has a purpose and that order that every recruit got, is exactly what they needed.




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.