Foxtrot 198 Recruit Journal Week 07

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The last Historian entry I’ll ever make with Foxtrot 198… I’ve made an entry every day for the last forty-something days. As we close out this whole historian thing, I’m going to do my best to impart some of the funniest mannerisms of our Company Commanders who have led us for the past 07 weeks.

There were some cool things that happened this week, such as talking with the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard (the single highest ranking enlisted person in the Coast Guard). Having de-briefs from our CC’s, 12 hours of off base liberty in our Service Dress Bravo’s, and finally saying a tearful goodbye to our M-16’s. With graduation 05 days away, I’ll leave it at that. I’ll finish by saying this training program, my CC’s, and Petty Officer Lake absolutely shattered who I was before, but also knew when to ease up and build us back up a little bit. There were times I didn’t know who I was anymore – my hair was different, my clothes were different, my voice was different because it was hoarse. The phrases I used were Coast Guard phrases, the way I carried myself was the way my CC’s told me to carry myself. We were all broken down by our CC’s and rebuilt with new values.

While we initially near hated our CC’s, over time that feeling turned into respect for who they are, what they’ve done, and an understanding of who they’re trying to turn us into – people who do the right thing and care about more than themselves. And while boot camp really, really sucked, I’m grateful for what our Company Commanders have done for us. I hope you’ve enjoyed my account of Foxtrot 198. I wrote as well as I could. It’s currently 2315, way later than I should have been writing but I wanted to make this last entry as good as possible. So, maybe I did learn some Devotion to Duty after all.

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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