Alpha 193 Recruit Journal Week 03

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Alpha 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: June 7, 2016

Graduates: July 29, 2016

 

26JUN16

Week zero three in Cape May has been best described as “FIGURE IT OUT, ALPHA!” week. No more babysitting, no more hand holding. A-193 has completed at least a dozen classes by now ranging from Work Life to Seamanship. As soon as a class ends, we have found that it is expected of us to know the material. We recite Rates and Ranks material when we form up outside after each meal, and practice learning piece nomenclature while we shine our boots. Incentive training keeps us on our toes, and definitely forces us to hold ourselves and our shipmates accountable. Accountability, I think is the biggest lesson “learned” thus far. One person’s mistake can and does make the entire company suffer, just as someone correctly stating our Chain of Command correctly earns us short range position instead of long range!

Earlier in the week, A-193 went to the pool and were able to partake in probably the most relaxing class since we’ve arrived- Survival Swim. We were given scenarios like; being in harsh environments out on the water. We were introduced to the full body float suites; that trap water near our bodies. We got to float on our backs in the pool, and huddle in groups of four or five; floating in a seated position. We all enjoyed that!

The jokes from our Company Commanders make us laugh a lot of the time. It’s the best when we hear Petty Officer Coleman give out Performance Trackers for insane reasons. For example, “Tracker for having your tape stuck to my shoe!” or “Tracker for having crazy eyes!” have been among the most outrageous.

A-193 is about 123 recruits deep, and about the only thing we can do relatively well is march (around the Regiment- over and over). We get a lot of practice, and have finally stopped stepping on each other’s heels. We weren’t able to celebrate Father’s Day, but Chief Flickinger is the best representation we have of the figure. He is most paternal in how he questions and reprimands the Company as a whole. He’ll say “Are we supposed to ________ ______ ________ Alpha?” and we’ll reply “No, Chief Flickinger!!” which usually prompts a, “Huh….” or, “Hmm.” We respond silently to this response with, We definitely owe him sweat now.

We are growing as a Company, but we still have a ways to go. Keeping the right mindset is key in Alpha, and we will learn the hard way if we cannot hold out. Morale is a big deal, and we finally are encouraging our shipmates instead of butting heads with them. The more time that goes by, we are considering these people, once strangers, to be friends; true comrades in arms- once we earn the right to have real pieces, that is.

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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