Foxtrot 197 Recruit Journal Week 03

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Foxtrot 197 Recruit Journal

Formed: Feb 26, 2019

Graduates: Apr 19, 2019


As the time in week 03 draws to an end, we look back on the week we had. We were excited to finally get our Military IDs, though many were disappointed with how there pictures turned out because of their very fashionable bald heads. We finally gained first hand experiences with the Cape May crud symptoms including pink eye, chest congestion, and sinuses as though they were glued shut. Hopefully it passes quickly as a symphony of coughs and sniffles as we try to sleep.

In the latter half of the week we braved the cold for a late night 18 minute run led by Petty Officer Gunn. As the weakened and weary recruits of F-197 wound down to stretch on the field a large wild animal, otherwise known as a coyote, emerged from the brush. Petty Officer Gunn ordered us to evacuate the area as she grabbed the company guidon and charge fearlessly like shepherd defending her flock. Once safely inside we definitely had a new found respect for our company commanders.

Week 03 also marked the first week of seamanship. A class all about life on the water, maintaining and operating a coast guard cutter and knot tying. We enjoyed the class as it was the real taste of what the Coast Guard lifestyle holds. We got to work on knot tying, helm simulators, and helm commands. We learned 06 knots and were later tested on tehm. We breezed through the know test, bu had a traffic jam when we learned how to drive a boat and call and respond to commands on the simulator. It took a couple of trial runs and eventually start to get the hang of it. We look forward to the many more classes in seamanship and other training to come.

Last but certainly not least, this week we fully realized what an unlocked galley meant. Chief VanderJagt had told us earlier that we were not limited on any foods. However, most of us were to fearful to parade across the galley with a cookie or donut on their plate as there would be beyond hell to pay for it. Then one day one of us exclaimed in line “Man that cake looks good” to which the galley staff responded, “Then take some, you guys are allowed to” the room fell silent as he daringly placed the thick slice of chocolate delight on his plate. All were locked on as he painlessly walked by the company commanders to no criticism. The flood gate were open. We were ecstatic at the taste of assistance from the sugary delights.

We have our heads held high, teamwork has improved a lot, small things still need to be worked on but that’s a win in our book.

-Casey Kastendiek -Connor Rogers



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.