Foxtrot 199 Recruit Journal Week 02

International Maritime Signal Flag Foxtrot

Formed: August 25, 2020
Graduates:  October 16, 2020

Hello friends, families and loved ones of Foxtrot-199. We finally survived our first full week of real boot camp. I am using “survive” in a very literal sense. Since we stepped off of the bus, our company has seen a lot of change and growth. The air here is sea side fresh, the meals are served hot and the showers are actually hot. We have had tests of strength, dexterity and endurance. They have pushed us all to our very edge, but it is worth it. Our muscles and voices are trashed, and yet the training continues.

          The YouTube videos about Coast Guard basic training don’t even begin to shine a light on how tough this place is. Everything we do is a test and the bar for passing each is set extremely high. Foxtrot-199 has not had the easiest go so far. Coming together as a team has proven to be one of the greatest challenges. We just haven’t found a common goal to work towards, but I’m sure we will find it soon. We have all gotten pretty good at push-ups, crunches and screaming. Actually, we somehow haven’t managed to completely grasp screaming yet. We are proving to be a “learn as we go” company. It is a struggle. Morale is certainly low, but we are still holding on to some. Did you know that a recruit at Cape May is supposed to drink liters of water a day? We have certainly needed it from all the sweating we have done. The days are extremely long and but the week has seemed to fly by in a way. Literally every second counts in basic training and its amazing how every second is accounted for in Basic training.

          We haven’t lost hope, and we haven’t forgot you all. We are just a bit preoccupied with surviving. Be well, and stay strong for us all over here in Foxtrot-199.

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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