Foxtrot 197 Recruit Journal Week 02

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Foxtrot 197 Recruit Journal

Formed: Feb 26, 2019

Graduates: Apr 19, 2019


Graduation Program: Posted Thursday afternoon: Week 7 Blog

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Foxtrot-197 (F-197) had it pretty rough in week 02. As we spent our first full week with our Company Commanders this proved to be more difficult than what we have imagined. We learned how to play many new games such as “The Dressing Game”, CS1 Gunn’s playground, unpack and make your rack, and last but not least the sea bag game. Due to the strenuous hours of playing games we began to sweat even when we heard the word sea bags – we are “encourage” to fill our sea bags to the brim with every item we own and begin passing it around the room, similar to a bucket brigade on steroids, with all the recruits shouting what their fighting for.

Week 02 wasn’t all hard knocks for us however. We were granted the privilege of being assigned our pieces. We were soon taught a multitude of positions as well as components. Then received some additional training on close order drill by Petty Officer Grant as we still had a very long ways to go, but slowly making progress. We received their first taste of water with the swim physical fitness swim test, even under pressure and the constraints, we blew it out of the water with most passing. The definite highlight of the week was when the company mentor met with us. Vice Admiral Abel and Master Hooker, as we sat and listened to the valuable wisdom and advice of the two men on Coast Guard life after basic training and all the wonderful things it has to offer. We were encouraged to ask questions that came to mind for the the two men. Questions such “What was your favorite mission?”, “What was your favorite station?”, and “Any advice on how to get out of here alive?” were some of the best of the lot. From receiving our pieces, swim test, and meeting the company mentor, week 02 was full of exciting events and physical challenges, however we aren’t afroad of either and welcome both. We’re ready for what week 03 brings.

-SR Rogers

-SR Kastendiek



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.