ALFA191 Recruit Journal Week 02

ALFA 191 Recruit Journal

Formed: March 10, 2015

Graduates: May 1, 2015
ALFA – 191



Greetings from where dreams are made and I’m not referring to Disney World or Land depending on which coast you’re from. Training Center Cape May is where your husbands, wives, children, grandchildren, etc are being re-born. This is the birthplace of the United States Coast Guard Enlisted Corps.

You are probably curious about the state of your recruit. Well let me start off by saying we are all safe if not just a tad bit stressed. Week 02 was comprised learning, relearning, and then paying with sweat for not learning what we should have relearned in the first place. If that last line was confusing you should experience what we feel on a daily basis. Week 02 consisted of our first introduction to our Company Commanders who will steer this train over the next 07 weeks until our graduation and or demise, whichever comes first. They consist of Senior Chief Elliott (he’s our lead CC) and his two assistants Chief Arseneaux and Chief Reid they welcomed us with love, and compassion…….ok, not quite!!

The major theme this week was time management against objectives (making our rack, getting dressed, brushing our teeth, and the list goes on and on) the Recruits of ALFA – 191 are slowly coming to terms with the understanding of how incredibly precious 60 seconds is when you need it, and how painstakingly slow it is when dictated by our Company Commanders

We are reminded that although we were given this opportunity to attend basic training the titles and right to wear the Coast Guard Uniform remains a privilege that has to be earned. In earning the right to be called a Coast Guardsman, we have learned to walk, speak, eat, dress, and march as recruits here at TRACEN Cape May. Despite our hard work, ALFA – 191 is still striving to master the skills of self discipline, and battling the clock while we make our rack in 6 mins, with hospital corners, and all the trimmings. Shocking as it seems…there are a lot of us who have never made a bed….

When we fail our objective which at this point in training is daily we have the pleasure of doing incentive training (push-ups, sit-ups, flutter kicks, etc, etc)…it is called incentive training because we don’t enjoy and it’s incentive to do things right. Though for some strange reason I don’t foresee them going away anytime soon.

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