Foxtrot 199 Recruit Journal Week 03

International Maritime Signal Flag Foxtrot

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

This week had a lot of first for FOXTROT 199. This Sunday was our first ever company run, which most of the recruits are calling the highlight their week. Some are even saying it’s the highlight of boot camp so far. The company run was so enjoyable because it was the first time we got to hold our colors. It was also a way to show the regiment who FOXTROT 199 is and what we are all about. It was our first real opportunity to peacock around and prove we are the big deal on base. The recruits believe that we did well in the run with only a couple unable to finish.

The next first for us was our very first seamanship class. Seamanship is an exciting class for us as a company because it feels like the first real step at learning the skills we will need to be useful in the fleet. Seamanship this week was a little heavy on the vocabulary words for many recruits but it is giving us the foundation to build our seamanship experience on.

This week FOXTROT also got our orders to our first duty assignments. A few recruits got exactly what they requested and some did not. But all are excited and approaching it with an open mind and trying to give it a fair shot regardless. After receiving our orders we got our first phone call home in what seems like forever, this was a very emotional time for all. Many of us became homesick after talking with our loved ones. The calls did however lift our spirts and reminded us why we came here in the first place. The words I’m proud of you spoken by someone you love will give many of us the strength and determination needed to make.

We were also able to participate in our first graduation this week. Graduation was a well put together service and we are all happy and jealous. CHARLIE 199 is leaving Cape May to join the fleet. But the real star of the show was the Commandant of The Coast Guard Admiral Shultz was the company mentor so he had come to graduation to speak which was very unique and rewarding as you never expect to see such a high ranking official in person. FOXTROT will never forget that awesome experience. Which brings us to the end of the week and it has been rough throughout. We lost many shipmates this week due to poor choices they made and some went to GOLF 199 because they were not meeting the expectations of the current week of training and needed more time. We also gained some new shipmates as well. We just haven’t quite figured out what it means to be a team yet. Many of us believe we have what it takes but the time is now to start acting like a team. The stakes only get higher from here as we prepare for the upcoming week. Until next time!

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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