Foxtrot 198 Recruit Journal Week 02

International Maritime Signal Flag Foxtrot

Formed: December 3, 2019 Graduates:  January 24, 2020

Week 03 of training at Cape May starts tomorrow. Looking back over the past couple weeks, it reminds me why I wanted to be the Foxtrot-198 Historian. From day to day we sweat, study, inhale “chow”, learn about Coast Guard history, get yelled at, inhale more Chow, sweat more, consume some “chewy bars”(they’re delicious, scrumptious protein bars in chocolate chip, apple, etc., and they are amazing and Foxtrot-198 pretty much runs on them), and then crash to the rack(bed), exhausted.

The day to day feels like the same grind, but looking back, so much has happened in such a short time. Living here at Cape May, time stands still but weeks fly by. Days are a blur of getting 180-300 seconds to accomplish a task. Days are full of march here, go there, eat chow, “push the earth”, Yell, and Go, go, go! Time never passes, yet we are week 03 recruits. We’ve had our first snow of the winter here. We’ve seen a company graduate (it can be done). We’ve gotten jobs with really military sounding titles like watch coordinator, Squad leader, and Yeoman. We’ve received our replica M-16 rifles which was exciting until we realized how much more sweat we have with them. Our company has fallen into a routine. Wake up at 0530, march by sunrise and go until well after sunset. We’ve gotten used to the Jurassic-sized seagulls that fly around Cape May. Every single day has been a grind from the moment our boots hit the deck until after taps but looking back on what has happened…. Meeting Commanders and Captains, being a part of a storied ritual that has been going on for decades, I feel proud of Foxtrot-198. We’ve sweat and suffered and laughed at the dumbest things together and even though every day is a bitter, harsh struggle we feel proud of the .01% of our youth who wants to do something meaningful with themselves and have survived the initial weeding out.

With classes like seamanship meaningful with themselves and marksmanship and hopefully graduation on the horizon. We are looking forward to scanning Cape May’s ship shape campus and saying “we did it”. Foxtrot-198 did it, then on to our next unit or as our Company Commanders might says F-o-o-o-rward….MARCH!!

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.

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