Foxtrot 197 Recruit Journal Week 05

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Foxtrot 197 Recruit Journal

Formed: Feb 26, 2019

Graduates: Apr 19, 2019


Week 05 may have very well be the most significantly influential week we find ourselves in during Coast Guard boot camp. The week started off heavy on the intellectual side with seamanship classes led by CWO2 Haney. These classes covered everything from station types, on board billets, radio communication procedures and many more smaller subjects. Mr. Haney has quickly become a favorite instructor of ours, and we’ll be seeing more of him hopefully for future firearms training. Earlier in the week, we filled out our dream sheets, a last of stations and districts we hope to be stationed at. The way it works is that we submit our top 04 destinations to headquarters, headquarters would receive the list, and then assign us where the Coast Guard needs us the most. After submitting our dream sheets, we anxiously wait and keep our fingers crossed that we get our number 1 pick. It wasn’t until Friday that we received our orders. We formed up out front of Healy Hall in confusion as there was nothing on the recruit training schedule for the rest of the day. Chief VanderJagt marched us to Webber Hall and we thought may be had a class. Upon arrival he explained what was going on. We stood in formation as our names and orders were called out. The CC’s were quick to provide snarky commentary of where we were going improving our morale. No one was disappointed in our orders and the rest of the day was filled with research and calls home. The following day we had our company mentor visit and answer any questions we had about our assignments. Vice Admiral Abel and Master Chief Hooker definitely had their brains picked of their immense amount of experience and knowledge. Vice Admiral Abel and Master Chief Hooker left promising to return at the end of week 08 for the graduation party with the company and to meet the families.

We also got to experience the Confidence Course. We were able to cheer on each other as we all finished going through the course. As we came to the end we were faced with one last obstacle, the rope climb. As we reached the top we scream out “Foxtrot-197” installing a sense of pride and new sense of confidence after completing the course. To quote Vice Admiral Abel “You can see the light at the end of the tunnel, you’re practically there.” So on that note, we begin to plan our glorious return home and new adventures. Until next week Foxtrot Family!


Casey Kastendeik 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.