Foxtrot 197 Recruit Journal Week 06

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Foxtrot 197 Recruit Journal

Formed: Feb 26, 2019

Graduates: Apr 19, 2019


Week 06 was one heck of a rollercoaster for us. The week began with firearms training at Goff Hall where we were instructed on proper nomenclature, handling procedures, and sage. For some, it was the first time every holding a gun! Let alone be trained to fire one. Later that week we boarded a bus bound for the range! We utilized that time to study required knowledge, and share anticipation of our sharpshooting scores. The range was huge morale boost for us, with zero incidents occurring and the competition for “Top Shot” coming down to less than an inch. The main goal of the day was to usurp the accuracy standard set by Y-196. We were close, but not quite there.

Later in the week we took a flashback to the past of what it was like to be in week 02. We ran around the regiment while in physical fitness gear. We were extremely embarrassed to be the senior company being thrown back like we were in week 02. We owned up and took our discipline and used it to make ourselves better. As we were marching around the parade field for the night until Chief VanderJagt lined us up in front of the enlisted memorial. Dripping with sweat and panting like dogs. , we stood motionless in the face of the uncertainty. What came next? More Sweat? RAMP? A Company Reversion? The answer, an inspiring speech by our lead. Pacing back and forth in front of the sharp freshly chiseled granite headstones Chief VanderJagt explained that even though many of the men accounted for on the ominous stone slabs may not have came through Cape May they shared one thing in common. Devotion to Duty! Of the hundreds of names etched on the stone they all shared one thing in common, making the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. “These men and women before you wore the same uniform you do. The difference is they wore it with pride.” These words carved deep into our mind. There was no excuse not do better. It was exactly the rallying call we needed, setting them up to execute the next two days flawlessly. Even setting up and help running an Easter celebration. We volunteered to help out with either setting up or helping out with the kids with crafts. Familier faces around the regiment showed up and good to see the community come together.

We earned our on-base liberty Saturday evening through the dedication throughout the week. With bouncing back better than ever. We were eager to get to call everyone back home and tell them what has been going on for the past 06 weeks. If you didn’t get a call from you loved one, you’ll have to take it up with them later.

With week 07’s daunting presence looming on the following eve, we head to bed extremely calm and ready for what’s next… right were the CC’s want them.


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.