Alpha 192 Recruit Journal Week 05


Alpha 192 Recruit Journal

Formed: September 22, 2015

Graduates: November 13, 2015

Week 05, Search and Rescue Week. 0530 wake ups and in 10 minutes we had to be dressed, racks made, teeth brushed faces shaved, hair up and formed up ready to step off for morning chow (WOW). Alpha-192 dug deep and stepped up to the challenge. Monday started off with a bang, Operational Dress Uniform inspection. Alpha recruits were SO nervous the Section Commander would do this inspection, we passed and the Section Commander said we got to train. Manual of Arms and Close order drill was our reward. We did MOA and COD for what seemed like an eternity. After we were done, we went to the gym. On the way a recruit asked permission to pass by our company, which Petty Officer Botts replied ” NO”, Everyone will learn to stay clear of ALPHA-192, we are becoming a lean, mean, mission complete, kicking machine.

Tuesday was just another day here at TRACEN Cape May, company Commanders taking rucksacks and throwing them everywhere, screaming at recruits and wanting the recruits to scream back, with the correct responses. Later came our last Chaplain visit followed by standing watch at SEXTON Hall (forming hall), it reminded us of our first days here at TRACEN Cape May. Wednesday and Thursday was filled with classes, financial management, personal flotation devices, travel entitlements, ect. For sleep deprived recruits it is hard to stay awake.

Friday came with another inspection from our Section Commanders. The point of this inspection was to see if ALPHA was paying attention to the finer details in recruit training. Things that in the fleet will mean life or death, we have to pay attention to detail so we don’t let our fellow Coast Guardsman down. Alpha kicked this inspection out of the park and our reward this time was moving to the Senior Company building HEALY HALL!! Our Lead Company Commander Petty Officer Kesterson was so proud of us.

Saturday started with Petty Officer Kesterson, saying we need to get ready fast there is a man in the water and he needs our help. Commence search patterns on the beach. Finally after about 30minutes doing search patterns on the beach we found the victim. Our victim a captain American doll, took us all by surprise, we thought we were looking for an actual person, but as we turned around lights illuminated our ALPHA GUIDON! We got our colors in week 05!!! But wait there was more, as we ran up to our shinning lights of glory there was an ammo can wrapped in an American Flag, this could only mean one thing – ORDERS!! As we read our orders the sun rose over the beach, it made us all feel as American as can be. On the way back to the regiment Petty Officer Kesterson sang cadence with us, Alpha was loud and proud. On this day when we ate morning chow our company mentors were here as well, they sat with us at chow and we were allowed to talk with them.

Well Alpha is on to week 06 Monday, it’s time to push harder than ever, and continue to make the most of it.

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.