Alpha 193 Recruit Journal Week 05

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Alpha 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: June 7, 2016

Graduates: July 29, 2016

 

A-193 Weekly Log for Blog 09 JULY 2016

And just like that, Week 05 is coming to its end and Week 06 is upon us. Literally our days here at Training Center Cape May are dwindling, but we still have many days ahead with much to learn and accomplish. It’s a good thing we keep a written log of our daily events and moments; so much happens within the hours that it’s getting hard recalling specific details— that or the fatigue is finally settling in! This would make sense though given that this week was all about setting and meeting strict time objectives. We woke up at 0530 every morning, mustered (role call), and had to be fully dressed in the uniform of the day, ready for morning chow by 0545! Yes, we know it doesn’t seem unreasonable or unattainable but trust us when we say it’s not easily done the first couple of times. We also did things such as change from our boots to our tennis shoes in 120 seconds (again not easy with separate socks and blousing bands to tie) and timed “sea showers”. As we said previously, not easy tasks to complete in the beginning but we did well enough to earn evening routine so that was a high for this week.

Another major event was everyone receiving their orders to units after graduation! Not everyone got what they hoped for or had in mind but everyone was, however, positive about their upcoming adventures. It’s crazy to think about who and where we were just before starting this journey versus who we’re becoming and where we’re going; new lives are about to begin for all of us very soon and this week really made that prevalent as it was truly a turning point. A-193 is definitely louder, larger, and stronger than before. We’re beginning to see and carry ourselves as Coast Guard men and women, as well as a senior company. This we have to give thanks to our Company Commanders for, especially Petty Officer Coleman. We were starting to fall off again before this week started but his training techniques really put our actions into perspective. He had us close our eyes while another shipmate was given a task with a time objective; he then had us imagine the time it took that recruit to do as they were instructed, that was the amount of time we had to save someone’s life—then we had to imagine that someone was the person closest to our hearts. Such a simple lesson and yet it rocked a lot of us to the core, enough for us to clean up our acts a bit. But it feels great! We learn more than sweat, non-stop these days and we sound off “Aye, Aye, Shipmate” with pride. We even get our Company Commanders to crack more jokes but we’re careful not to let smiles and chuckles slip. We even received a pennant for scoring really well on our midterm exam! No word out yet if we got one for full participation in the blood drive but we definitely strived for it! Honestly, the overall highlight of the week was learning cadences for our off base company run! At the start of basic many of us were gasping for air after five minutes of running, but something about a cadence run makes us feel light on our feet and energized.

Unfortunately this week we had our first uniform inspection with our Battalion Commander and many of us froze like deer in headlights. What can we say, sometimes nerves just gets the best of you. We also had our last Company Chaplin visit and our last meeting with our Company Mentors until graduation. This wasn’t too bad however because we got to ask more detailed questions this time and even eat lunch with them. WE GOT TO TALK IN THE GALLEY! Yes, minor source of excitement but here in basic training that’s like gold.

Overall, we’re moving in a positive direction. Still making mistakes? Yes. Ready to graduate tomorrow? Figuratively? Of course! But We’ve come to understand that it is more than just completing 08 weeks of training and saying we’re ready. No, graduating and accomplishing this task is something we have to feel and believe we’ve earned. But no worries, two weeks is like two months in recruit time!

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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