Alfa 191 Recruit Journal Week 06



Alfa 191 Recruit Journal

Formed: March 10, 2015

Graduates: May 1, 2015


In Recruit training and in sportsmanship they teach you how to be loud & prod. They also teach you how to fight. Fighting like in a fight club, only with giant Q-tippy things called Pugil Sticks. Imagined fighting for your Honor in a padded vest, football helmet, crotch protector (that resembles a diaper). Now put a stick in your hand that looks like a Q-tip. Attack your shipmate. The recruits would come out swinging, ready to put the other in their place. Usually by the middle of the 2nd round though, opponents looked like they were trying kill each other as if stuck in a vat of peanut butter. The whole experience was totally awkward, but it built fellowship amongst us. Allowed us to let loose, and settle scores in a productive way and build camaraderie.

Here’s a twist to the week. On Saturday we had change step. The whole week ALFA moved like a convertible mustang stuck on a dirt road, hood down, behind a tractor, during a storm. Till TODAY! We as ALFA-191 united together to strike lightning on our horrible week. A direct order from our Battalion Officer was completed with efficiency. Fully dedicated, fully motivated. If you wondered why on Saturday you felt a spark in our voices, it was because we knew we earned our time. We earned compliments from our Lead Company Commander, Battalion Commander, and our Commanding Officer Captain Prestige. In regards to this, we marched into our liberty, with a new awakening, a new sense of unity. No one will express to you more of our sugar rush of emotions. But as we ALFA males and females, to our Ohana reading this, next week is a new week and as we prepare for the fleet; we are 100% motivation, 100% dedication and 100% of the time. You’ll see the tides turn as we rise to our glory.




Devotion to Duty


These words are emblazoned everywhere around the training center, even on our galley trays. Why? The purpose is to be immersed so profoundly into the core values so that it becomes involuntary. Why is involuntary & reflexive so important? Well, you can’t really tell people on a sinking vessel that you’re not feeling like saving them today. No, Semper Paratus first, and self preservation last.

That said, it was partially a rough week for ALFA. Like the three core values we are reminded by our three Company Commanders that we still have a long way to go, even in week 06.

Senior Chief Elliot reminds us that we lack self discipline. Being late for watch, walking into an unauthorized compartment, etc. These should not be week 06 moves.

Later in the week, Chief Arseneaux states, “You people are freakin embarrassing” being too slow, not loud enough, and goofing off in the gym head(bathroom) will draw the attention of a Company Commander that is not your own. This is not a good thing.

Finally we have Chief Reid yelling “Thumbs along your trouser seams & press your pinkies into your thighs right now!” Again, a public service announcement for a week 02 company, not a 07.

All this to say, it’s frustrating to be pummeled by all 03 Company Commanders. However, each Company Commander brings something different yet integral to being exemplary & embodying the core values.

Senior Chief Elliott is about Military Bearing & Discipline. Coast Guardsman should exude a certain carriage. Honor.


Chief Arseneaux finds it important to be loud and fast. Nobody is motivated by a mumbling slow poke. Respect.


Chief Reid notices if you’ve done your hair differently; for her, it’s Attention to Detail. After all, Attention to Detail can be life or death! Devotion To Duty.



Senior Chief Elliott, Chief Arseneaux and Chief Reid. Between the Core Values and our Company Commanders we are still being molded.



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.