Foxtrot 198 Recruit Journal Week 03

International Maritime Signal Flag Foxtrot

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

We’ll begin with the good news- our squad bays are now overflowing with cough drops, cough syrup, and little red congestion pills. Foxtrot-198 stormed medical, and now we’re all mending. In Cape May, the only way to survive is through the word “next.” I’ll give an example: tired of holding that M-16 over your head? Don’t think you can do it anymore? Just make it to the next head (bathroom) and water break. The next meal.

We may get yelled at in the galley, but they have corn dogs so I chock the galley up as a “look forward to” event. The next sunset, sunrise, the next chewy bars, and the next rack time. Bed is the best next. We’ve started to form our own little rituals like squad bay prayer before bed, where we say thanks and encourage each other. Squad bay prayer has become one of my favorite parts of the day- a time of peace and appreciation and brotherhood between all of us.

Oh and before I forget, if you’re not receiving mail from us, still send us mail! We love, love, love coming in to see envelopes on our racks. We only have 05 minutes to read and write letters daily, so we may not have time to write but we sure love hearing from home. Anyway, there was another graduation- Delta-198! We are officially the second most senior company and no longer the new kids on the block. Proof of this is now our Lead Company Commander lets us have blue drink (Powerade) and milk at the galley instead of just water. It only took 03 weeks, but if that doesn’t scream “we’re a big deal” then I don’t know what does.

But now that we’ve been on the regiment for a bit, we actually are starting to “feel” military. We’ve broken into our military-esque jobs. We wake up and march at 0530, and we call things funny names (a “pen” is now an “ink stick”, ladies and gentlemen). We’re even starting to march ourselves now! But to be honest, our marching needs work. You know how Friday was graduation for Delta? Well on graduation day, there were civilians everywhere. Now, we just started marching ourselves, so when the marching unit leader started driving us, he got a little bit flustered and started making mistakes. So, because he was making mistakes, our Company Commander started yelling at him about embarrassing the company, which in turn made him more flustered. Now also keep in mind he’s marching close to 90 recruits on narrow sidewalks packed with civilians, and we, the 90 recruits are under direct orders to march in whichever direction we are instructed until another command is given. This all culminated in one moment when a left oblique was called, marching us straight towards a line of civilians. It was corrected in time but man, you should have heard the audible gasp they let out when 90 recruits simultaneously turned on a dime and bee lined it to them about 7 paces away.

Besides that, drill started up. The thing where you throw muskets and do fancy moves. We had seamanship all week and got tested on a simulator. We are picking our assignments Tuesday! Couple that with Operation Fireside (we get to spend Christmas with a family off base) and we have an exciting week coming up!

Merry Christmas from Foxtrot-198, we’re thinking about all our loved ones.

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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