Foxtrot 196 Recruit Journal Week 07

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Foxtrot 196 Recruit Journal

Formed: Jun 12, 2018

Graduates: Aug 03, 2018



Graduation Program: Posted Thursday afternoon: Week 7 Blog

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Foxtrot-196 Blog Week 07

Now we come to our very long awaited, and much deserved ending days. Taking the challenge of Cape May Island will forever be experiences that has change every last Seaman Apprentice, Seaman, and Officer to be’s life for the better. The tides of the Coast Guard sucked us right in and thrashed us around in the start. Every part here sucked. Thinking about ever coming back would make any Recruit sick to their stomach. Early on, every step taking morale lower than it had ever been. Once you get as low as you can go, the only place left to head is the everlasting up. Our training had to do exactly that. We’ve been torn down by every muscle and before we saw it ourselves our Company Commanders built us up all the same. Those CC’s; used to just be scary guys under some intimidating covers screaming because our shoe lace was sticking out, now those three men are the most influential leaders Foxtrot has ever had walk all over them.


This week has caused our moods to be even more back and forth than the New Jersey weather. Starting with Monday; the day Master Chief Wadley took the reins for an evening. He is the Battalion Commander, and the man every Recruit tries to march in the opposite direction from… only this time, after shocking us in his arrival in our squadbay, we ended up walking out without the shadow of terror lurking over our shoulders. Rather we had a new sense of encouragement to walk taller than before. We now strive for the day he calls us shipmates (as scary as that may be for some). We found out, we worked our way from having a company “Running circles” around us to being the best Company on the regiment since earlier weeks of training; all the perks of being torn down and built up. The stress in the galley took an odd shift, now instead of yelling our General Orders, a select few have to answer to Petty Officer Casey when they start their meal with a doughnut, or holding “The Voice” Semper Paratus singing competitions with Petty Officer Botts. Petty Officer Madrid is always still somehow sneaking up behind your back just waiting to scream “YEESSSSSSS” when you don’t square your french toast stick.


Foxtrot killed just about every test in our way this week and sometimes you just can’t win them al. Moods got low when we did make a mistake, because we wanted to make sure we represented our Company Commanders right. In the end, we still made Petty Officer Casey’s top four, Petty Officer Madrid’s best and Petty Officer Botts’ single best company in which he was the Lead (Also the first Lead, but still, we are). After highs and lows we ended our week out on the town, representing the Coast Guard. We learned that everywhere we go, we’ve still got to watch ourselves. We found out that New Jersey drivers are also crazy, and we should have heeded Petty Officer Botts’ words and made ourselves a harder target… crazy civilians trying to back into us in front of Walmart.


At the end of it all, training is more than just Coastie life, it teaches you about yourself, what you can take on and even more important, other people. You need your shipmates around you to take on each day. Remember Foxtrot, if one fails we all fail.


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.