Foxtrot 197 Recruit Journal Week 07

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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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Under the “Graduation Date” Tab you will be able to find the Graduation Program


To view the Graduation Live: Time: 1100 AM

The live stream of the graduations are viewed by going to the training center’s Facebook page at


*It should be noted that the live streams are a courtesy and not a guarantee. There could be technical issues or resource availability issues that would interfere with the stream. The live streams are not intended to be high definition productions of the graduation ceremonies.


If you are looking for higher quality video products from your loved one’s graduation, you should contact VTS at 609-365-8889



Well, Foxtrot Family and Friends, it seems our journey together is drawing to an end. As we celebrated and enjoyed our off base liberty exploring neighboring towns and restaurants, we were also celebrating their last weekend in Cape May. However, there was a multitude of events leading up to off base liberty, the first being a line handling and personal flotation device class led by Petty Officer Four and Chief Bradshaw. While fairly simple in thought, execution was far harder. Handling the heavy housers while under tension and maneuvering the line around all sorts off deck fittings was quite the task. We also had the wonderful opportunity to talk to Chief Chasteen. We were able to pick her brain and get answers to what life is like on a cutter and also stories about her Coast Guard career. We also had a very special lunch with many Senior Chiefs and Master Chiefs that were attending the Senior Enlisted Leadership Course. We were amazed to see so many prestigious Coast Guardsmen waiting to speak with them. We took in so many different and amazing stories some thought it couldn’t be true. Amazed with all of the great stories and great people, we knew that joining the Coast Guard was one of the best decisions we made.

The week culminated in the dreaded final. Recruit nerves were definitely on edge, tensions were high, not to mention the Close Order Drill and Manual of Arms Test with Chief Knapp, our Section Commander. We ended up blowing the test out of the water receiving a 10 out 10 for both and everyone passing the final. We also spent two learning proper first aid and CPR procedures. We spent one day “treating a victim” to any injury that needed medical attention. Instructed by Petty Officer Litten we also learned proper CPR technique for Adults, Children, and Infants. “Stay Alive” ironically was the tune in our head to keep pace. After the end of two days of training we became officially certified. The week finished with the aforementioned off base liberty. Some of us went to movies while other got some ice cream or enjoyed other relaxing pursuits. It was one of, if not the most enjoyable day of recruit training. However, our time, Foxtrot Family, our time draws to a close. We hope you enjoyed our writings as much as we did writing them. Thank you for all your support! See you Friday!


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.