Foxtrot 199 Recruit Journal Week 07

International Maritime Signal Flag Foxtrot

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

Looking back on this week it was a total whirlwind for Foxtrot. The beginning of the week we spent most of our days split as a company so that half of us could go take the seamanship final while the other half was getting trained to handle firearms at Goff Hall. Splitting the company up gave up the opportunity to show our Company Commanders that we are capable of being adults and handling business when they are not around. Splitting the company also made it possible to get more one on one attention from the instructors which was especially helpful  for the firearms training because it gave us an opportunity to learn and ask questions in a much easier and smaller setting. This week we also had our final Physical Fitness test. It feels good to have that behind us and to not worry about failing that anymore. We also had our final exam this week. Which most passed the first time and some passed on the second attempt. The absolute biggest change we had this week happened toward the end of the week when our home life improved. The squad bays are actually almost enjoyable to be in now. We basically run on autopilot during the evening routine without getting yelled at by our Company Commanders. We also earned desserts and coffee by passing all our finals. It’s insane how much gaining access to these items have improved the galley experience now. Plus we no longer have to square our meals and we rarely get asked question when moving to our seats now. The galley is straight up a bright spot in the day now and something we look forward to. Another huge change is the way we look at our Company Commanders now. We had the opportunity to sit and talk with them one by one during their debriefs. Now it seems hard to see them as the big, bad, scary people that was our reality for weeks. It turn out they are actually just normal people just doing their jobs. Obviously this has caused Foxtrot a little confusion as we figure out how to act around them now. The biggest worry has changed from am I going to get reverted to preparing for our new units. We still have a lot of travel plans to make in the coming days so it will be a mad dash to the finish line. It’s a strange feeling to be so nervous but so excited at the same time about our new units. But we all know that we are capable of handling a lot at this point and that we will figure it out. We are all very excited to for our time to be ending in Cape May and are looking forward to graduation on Friday!

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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