Alfa 191 Recruit Journal Week 04



Alfa 191 Recruit Journal

Formed: March 10, 2015

Graduates: May 1, 2015


There’s a saying here on the regiment; “The days are long, but the weeks are short.” When reflecting on this past week, that saying is entirely fitting. Alfa-191 packed three weeks worth of activity into one week. Not only did your recruits finish their fourth week, there were several highlights that should please you all back home!
The week started off picture perfect- literally. Your recruits had their mugs immortalized by way of photograph, which by the way are available on graduation day. Another noteworthy event was the division of the company into Port and Starboard sections (two groups). The division of the company serves several purposes. It aids in more effective training, and gives the recruits a measure of independence via marching themselves to/from obligations. However with more independence, recruits are held responsible for staying on task and being in the right place at the right time. The recruits are adjusting well to the new configuration. Additionally, Alfa-191 is steadily absorbing recruits from other companies and adjusting to that change in dynamic as well. In more pressing news though, ALFA-191 also took the week 04 physical fitness test. The majority of the recruits did well. For those who need augmentation, those recruits have until the end of week 05 to fulfill the physical requirements. So not only are your near + dears taxed physically, they are held responsible for academic affairs too. The midterm loomed over the company, but only briefly. ALFA-191 crossed the midterm finish line with a mean (average) score in the high 80’s. Nice job ALFA!


So, all that sounds like a lot right? It was! Busy though it was, none of it compared to the anticipation of assignments. Late this week (April 2nd to be precise) ALFA-191 threw their coins in the fountain only to wait what the omniscient detailers have in store for us. Recruits filled out “Dream Sheets” regarding desired locations. Selecting locations was the source of a lot of excitement, only to be outdone by the receipt of orders late next week. Don’t worry; you’ll be getting phone calls on where we’re going.


In sum, those are the major talking points for the week. The remainder of the week was spent in classes, cleaning, marching and any matter of activity lending itself to make us better recruits and hopefully, Coast Guardsmen.

Tomorrow brings Easter Sunday, an extra 30 minutes of sleep, worship, and the chance to study/regroup and get it together again in order to traverse week 05.


Stay tuned for the love of ALFA, keep the snail mail double timing its way to TRACEN Cape May!

Respectfully, ALFA-191

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.