Alpha 193 Recruit Journal Week 02

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Alpha 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: June 7, 2016

Graduates: July 29, 2016

The best way to describe our basic training experience thus far would be as follows: think of the rides at amusement parks that take you all the way up, very slowly, and when you least expect it, your instantly plunging to the ground faster than you can blink. Forming and week 01 and the going up part, week 02 still has us dropping like heavy rain. Basic Training is definitely the hardest thing most of us have ever decided to do. We’re stressed exhausted, and possibly becoming a little unraveled. We’re pushed past our comforts and personal customs, sweating constantly and always on the move. However, though our training is nothing like those fun times in summer camp. It has just as many pros as cons. For one, we aren’t forced to eat beans from a bag; we are fed 03 square meals a day but we must move and chew quickly less Petty Officer Coleman will eat out food. Through our everyday activities we’re learning essential Coast Guard customs, courtesies, and values (whether we know it or not) and its helping us get better, slowly but surely.

 

Many of us passed our swim test and we’ve our training pieces, (rubberized M-16), so I guess that had us feeling pretty legit until they became part of the workouts. Other upsides to basic are our sessions with the Chaplain, distinguished Coast Guard Mentors, and shadowing senior companies for jobs. From this we get to breathe a little easier for a moment and tone down the stress. Sundays are especially enjoyable because we get roughly 5 whole hours of time to study, attend religious services, and accomplish personal things w/o any Company Commanders biting our heads off. Mail and prayer time before bed is also great and much appreciated as it helps motivate many of us to keep pushing. Honestly, that is one of the major keys to surviving basic, Motivation. We haven’t really gotten a chance to know them, but at least 05 new recruits who were reverted (I.E. pushed back a week in training) have joined our company. It’s hard to form and train when you’re 115 people deep in a classroom but seeing some of those recruits still trying to accomplish their mission is motivating. It’s also motivating when our Company Commanders make slight jokes during training (which we get smoked for laughing at) and when they show concern in wanting us to get things right. In a way we are learning to “trust the system” and respect as well as admire or Company Commanders. However, we still have 05 weeks to go. Hopefully, we find in later weeks the pros and cons of our Cape May adventure either balance or weigh in our favor.

A-193 Historian

 

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.

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