Foxtrot 198 Recruit Journal Week 06

International Maritime Signal Flag Foxtrot

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

So we’ll begin with the good news. Unless we mess up really bad or our Company Commanders finally reduce us to puddles of sweat like they have been threatening for months, Foxtrot-198 is shipping out to the fleet in T-minus 13 days.

I’m not southern, but my good friend is and I’m sure if he was off base he’d let out a little Yee-Haw right about now. Towards the start of the week we began firearms training too. We worked with handguns (the Sig Sauer P-229) and were taught how to do the whole Clint Eastwood quick pull holster thing- minus the scowls and one liners. They are not authorized. We unloaded about 50 rounds each into paper targets and I’ll tell you we felt like honest to God true blue American Coasties wearing our operational dress uniforms and physical fitness sweatshirts. We still have a long way to go before becoming effective and helpful operators in the fleet, but it felt good looking around the range on a Thursday night and realizing this is what some 18-25 year olds choose to do on a Thursday night at 2100 hours. Not make questionable decisions, but train and improve themselves.

Man, I’m trying to think of how to write everything that happened this week. Week 06 is really where the pace picks up. Echo-198 graduated and we realized the next company to go is us. On the flip side, India-198 is forming this week and everyone in Foxtrot is kind of chuckling thinking, “they have zero clue what they are in for.” And then a few really cool things happened on Saturday.

Well, actually first we woke up and got beat for about 02 hours straight so we all immediately thought today was going to stink. Then Petty Officer Lake marched us to the ocean and talked to us for real. We’d never been to the beach before so it was kind of odd. But he started talking about how that sound, the sound of ocean, might be the last sound some people ever hear if we, the Coast Guard, don’t get to them first. Then he said he and assistants were proud of us, which after 06 weeks of them “testing” our commitment was insanely awesome to hear. Then he gave us our real Foxtrot company pennant signifying us as the senior company on the regiment. Then we sang songs about the Coast Guard on the way back (only the senior company gets to sing while marching) and then we whacked the heck out of each other in pugil stick bouts (look up pugil sticks). Quote of the day was definitely Petty Officer McPeters instructing us on how to do pugil stick moves. By the way, no recruits were harmed in the pugil stick bouts. So much more happened this week like touring a Coast Guard Cutter and on base liberty, but I don’t have the time to touch on everything. I apologize if this week’s account is not as funny as prior weeks. I think it’s because, as we get closer to graduation, we just all appreciate that we’re all still here, on this path, and we more understand the seriousness of the Coast Guard mission and how essential it is that we do it well. And with that thought, I’ll see you next week for our final entry.

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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