Alfa 191 Recruit Journal Week 05



Alfa 191 Recruit Journal

Formed: March 10, 2015

Graduates: May 1, 2015


S.A.R. (search and rescue) week… where the start of your long day is determined by a little orange whistle. The metaphorical death of every recruit. “Fire, fire, fire” every morning jolts you from your rack. That kicks off the morning with barely 15 minutes to prepare for the day and make it to the morning chow time. We struggled a lot with this.


Hope. And it comes in the form of our orders. One of the Recruits was asked where they wanted to go, and they screamed Maryland or Delaware! Senior Chief Elliot replied “what if I told you that you are going the furthest from where you wanted to go? Honolulu, Hawaii”. Another Recruit was told his orders were to Bravo Company, but luckily not! In all, many were pleased.


The Confidence Course- where real men are made. “From the lads vertically challenged to the lads afraid of heights.” The confidence course for ALFA-191 was our version of a Spartan run/mud run. Our company Mentor, Commander Newton ran the confidence course with us, and gave us advice on how to improve teamwork and make the time objectives.


We are now a senior company on the regiment. We made the move to Healy Hall with the “left, righty-yo, left” called by our shipmate marching us from our former home of Munro Hall. Carrying 50 pounds of gear that short distance and up 03 flights of stairs seemed like an eternity. Sea bags, ditty bags, uniforms, rucksacks and all while trying to march. We have settled into the new building and need to be on our toes as there are many more of our chain of command floating around.


After taps, you can hear the snores of our shipmates but funny enough, the sound of sleep talking. “EARS!” screamed out by one sleeping recruit is answered by another sleeping recruit popping up in his rack like a pop tart saying “OPEN!” Things in recruit training have been serious but there are funny moments such as that. Just last night our Guidon bearer scaring the pants off a Company Commander by screaming at the top of his lungs “GANGWAY GUIDON!”. The Company Commander told him to stop being so annoying, there’s no reason to sound off like that”. Aye Aye, and not more than 5 seconds later, “GANGWAY GUIDON!”


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.

16 Responses

  1. Scott Langlois says:

    Keep strong A-191. Sr Langlois, we miss you bud.

  2. Tara Huston says:

    What a great post SR Huston!! Loved the humor. Sounds tough but a lot more like you all are forming a solidified union and like spirits are up. Cannot wait to talk to you again soon. 16 days till we meet again, wifey. Go hard! Sending you all my love and tons more from all of your family and friends in Nashville!

  3. Skip Garcia says:

    Oh! The sound of confidence building! The sound Teamwork, and even glimpses of humor! As I am writing Alfa-191 is half way through week 6! Anticipation builds, we now know their next duty stations, and are so excited to see our young recruits starting to emerge from their cocoons and turning into coast guardsmen and women. Almost their Alfa-191 keep charging hard! No slack now SR Danielle Garcia!

  4. Madonna Mirabal says:

    Great post ❤️☺️ keep pushing on ALFA 191, love you SR Alessandrini!!!

  5. Madison Elaine Galvez says:

    SR Chahal I love you and I am so proud! Even though you are going to be stationed in Florida I am going to stay by your side, even all the way from California!!!

  6. Terri Garcia says:

    Congratulations Alfa 191 on becoming a senior company and a job well done thus far… You all should be very proud of yourselves!!! Stay strong…you have a lot of people that love you and are beaming with pride! SR D. M. Garcia…can’t wait to hear from you this weekend!! Love you!

  7. DebArtz says:

    Keep it up Alfa 191!!!!!! Only 2 more weeks after this week!!! FINNISH STRONG as I know you will!! Can’t wait to see you at graduation SR ARTZ!!! Saying we are Proud is a UNDERSTATEMENT!!!

  8. Mary Malone says:

    congratulations SRQuirke and Alpha 191 you have made another week you are almost there keep up the good work love love love you

  9. Susan A. Wilson says:

    you got this!!!

  10. Cathy Bernd says:

    Senior Company!!!! Wow that must feel amazing!!!!! The light is in sight. Great Job Alfa-191 Stay Strong, Stay Proud and Carry on. Semper Paratus. Proud of you

    SR BERND!!!!!! and looking soooo forward to that beautiful smile of yours. We could not be more Proud of you!!!!!! Love Mom & Dad

  11. Carlos Bilbao says:

    Good work Ariel we are very proud of you and I knew you can make it keep it up see you soon love grandpa Carlos and Mary

  12. Dan Cosgrove says:

    At to go Alfa-191 and the move to you latest home barracks. Keep up the great teamwork on your mud run course! All for 1 and 1 for all! Onto Wk 7

  13. Carla E. G. says:

    Good job!! Keep up the teamwork ALFA-191. Push each other and help each other, and the rest of your journey will be much easier, wherever that may be. SR Garcia C. we’re so proud of you and love you. God Bless You and all your teammates! Hoooooaaahh ALFA191.

  14. T Mac says:

    Great job Alfa 191! In two weeks, you’ll experience one of the proudest and most memorable moments in your life, SR McCarron. I’m so proud of you and know that where ever the USCG takes you, you’ll give it your all! Finish strong!! 1437

  15. Jane Wolf says:

    SR Wolf (and ALFA 191). By this time, two weeks from now, you will all be home
    enjoying the love and pride of your family. Can you believe how far you
    have come???? Amazing!!!!!

  16. Britt Richardson says:

    Way to go ALFA-191! Best of luck to SR Richardson! It was great talking to you this past weekend. Can’t wait to see you graduate!