Foxtrot 196 Recruit Journal Week 06

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Foxtrot 196 Recruit Journal

Formed: Jun 12, 2018

Graduates: Aug 03, 2018


Foxtrot-196 Blog Week 06

Week 06 finish line is here, and it came faster than anticipated. Now, that finish line still has a lot of work behind it, as the work never ends. Here at Cape May all our work isn’t only criticized by our Company Commanders, but also our Company seagulls. Yes, seagulls. Our bird companions fly all over the regiment, and mock recruits along the way. We march, we scream our guts out, and they stand along the sidelines squawking away and judging us with their beady little eyes. Sometimes even, it seems they slip a word or two to our Company Commanders. So we gotta make sure we go all the way down on our squats.


Beginning of Week 06 started with a Company run in town, and it felt like a nice calm way to start, but Foxtrot had to get square first. It took another long fast paced beating to make sure we knew that we are on the edge here, and we just have to lock on harder… and locks on 0 is pretty important too. We slip up, that’s what happens in the Coast Guard, and real life. Failures, missions failed, mistakes made, we just have to take them, and make sure that even though it didn’t work out, we just learned an important lesson. Foxtrot got an important lesson for sure, and earned some major company pride…


It started well after taps. Recruits freshly asleep at the position of attention in our racks when light struck our faces and the magical sound of Petty Officer Madrid’s whistle pierced our ears. 06 minutes to get up into our Operational Dress Uniforms, boondockers, pen lights and form up toward the ocean. Confusion ran through our groggy minds as we contemplated what we did so wrong, and how badly we were about to be destroyed. Once we arrived in the pitch black path way to the beach we had previously received our orders at, and lined up all the same, our Lead Company Commander dropped a lot of strong inspiration into our open ears and souls. Promptly he turned us around facing the dark ocean, and shouting “You want it?! Go get it!” Figures of our Assistant Company Commanders stood behind our Company colors; blood red, stuck in the sand, light shining on it, screaming for our company to charge ahead. We all ran, sand flying behind us and we gathered it up as a Company, a prideful Company ready to shout that Foxtrot is the best Company on the regiment. Newfound emphasis on our Company hangs in the air. When we march around, we cannot daydream. All we can do now is be ready and aware of what will hit us next, and how we will end our day in a loud, proud mission complete.


Singing our proud songs all around snapped our week in, and ending with our phones glued to our ears and words from our families tied it all together.


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.