Foxtrot 198 Recruit Journal Week 05

International Maritime Signal Flag Foxtrot

Formed: December 03, 2019
Graduates: January 24, 2020

As we look back on past sunshine and rainbow-filled recruit training days, the most insightful and cutting realization I’ve come to in my continuously sleep-deprived state is I really miss coffee. What with that preamble I’m sure you were expecting some Confucius-like wisdom. Nope, Just Coffee. And I could eat about a billion chewy bars right now and dip them in coffee. Through the haze of my foggy brain, that might actually be the insight to kick us off; summary of week 05 – everyone is tired and hungry (even though we eat pounds of food daily) and crave salt and vinegar chips all the time because of the electrolytes. That’s honestly a really accurate description of week 05, but we have bigger news to talk about than sodium intake and caffeine cravings. I’ll start with the little big news and then I’ll get to the big big news.

The little big news is we got our Bravo’s this week! Those are the fancy schmancy dress uniforms you have to lint roll every 02 seconds and they’re also what we’ll be wearing to graduation. We received our combination covers (the fresh-looking stereotypical officer formal event white and black hat thingy) and our garrison covers. The garrison cover is the classic sailor cover that kind of looks like a toy boat a kid might make out of newspaper. But let’s get to the big big news. The meat and potatoes kind of news. The double bacon whopper with extra mayo kind of news (wow, I must be hungry with the amount of food references I’m making). Anyway the big news is that we…wait for it… Almost there…keep reading…by the way I’m going to be mad if you just skip to the part where I say the news. This isn’t like talking where I can just withhold information. I’m counting on you reading this in full to participate in the build-up and suspense and stuff. Anyway we got our orders!

Some people are going to Alaska, some to Hawaii, and lots of other awesome places around the country. We were brought in to a room with our company mentors (people in the Coast Guard we can ask questions) and handed an envelope with our orders. Behind us was a picture of the cutter or base we were headed to. We may have, allegedly (meaning it hasn’t been proven in a court of law), all completely lost our military bearing about 03 minutes into the process, and again allegedly, all started hollering at every new assignment that came up. We were all in high spirits so we were incentively trained by our Company Commanders for a bit. Too much positive emotion in recruits is strictly prohibited in article 07 of the recruit rules and regulations so it was understandable. Anyway, the next day our mentors sat us down and answered all our questions about our new assignments. We should call home soon and fill our families in with all of the details.

As for your friendly neighbor historian, you can catch me busting bad guys and shredding waves in the lovely state of Hawaii come February. Until next week!

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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