Foxtrot 197 Recruit Journal Week 04

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Foxtrot 197 Recruit Journal

Formed: Feb 26, 2019

Graduates: Apr 19, 2019


Week 04 was full of tests for F-197. The week began with a close order drill test performed in front of the section commander Chief Wheeley. In all honesty it didn’t start out too well and didn’t end up much better after picking ourselves up and regaining our bearings, but we received a passing grade. Week 04 also instilled the beginning of additional programs such as RAMP and probation. RAMP being the mythical program of the TRACEN that stayed a secret until it’s reveal, but survivors summarized it as a living nightmare. Unfortunately, these programs took their toll on the company bringing our numbers down.

However, it wasn’t all bad news! Throughout the week F-197 had fire fighting training and pictures. We had our pictures taken while we were all dressed up in Bravos. Excitement grew when we got to see ourselves in the mirror all dressed up and envisioning what the future is going to look like. We also had an exciting march to Goff Hall for firefighting simulations. We worked as a team to quickly change out into firefighting gear and also ran it with oxygen through an SCBA to give us a realistic feel. As we got ready we filed into a smoked filled room, visibility extremely low. As we worked as a team to fight the fire we got a real feel of how fire fighting a fire on a cutter is really like. Another high point of the week came when we met our company Yeoman who lectured us on our dream sheets. These sheets held the potential to drastically set the tone for our new careers. Some yearned for home at a small station while others craved the open seas aboard a cutter. Whatever we ask for however really didn’t matter as the needs of the service came first. We were told you would have to wait until week 05 to get our orders, however a lucky few had an answer within a day! As week 04 ran to an end we were nervous for another big test on Friday. We were faced with our midterm. F-197 had a goal for everyone to pass the first time so we could see our colors fly on our Quarterdeck, a deal Chief VanderJagt made with us. Sadly, we weren’t able to make it happen. However, every passed with their second attempt and everyone stayed with the company! With weeks quickly passing F-197 will become the senior company on base as well as one of the smallest. But good things come in small packages!

Until next time!


Casey Kastendiek and 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.