Alpha 193 Recruit Journal Week 04

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Alpha 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: June 7, 2016

Graduates: July 29, 2016

Overall, Week 04 has truly been a turning point. Nerves had been rising anticipating the week’s events, but once we made it through; there was an aura of hope and relief. The new stuff included firing pistols, which most of us had to adjust to. How often do you have 24 pistols going off in front of you? Another high this week was the physical fitness test (the one that counts for graduation), and of course to see the pride on our shipmates’ faces who did better than/ passed this time around! The midterm had us all anxious even though it was an open book and open notes test, but everyone passed!

Every week when a company graduates, Week 04 or Week 05 recruits work graduation support, and this was Alpha’s turn at the plate. It was actually very bittersweet setting up and greeting the families as they celebrated their recruits. Freedom! We were jealous is all! Chief Flickinger’s rule for greeting: “Just don’t sound off in front of a four year old and scare the crap out of them!” That made us all smile, which we hid with our coughs.

Even through the positives of the week, the morale of the company took a few blows. We still make indoctrination week mistakes, and Petty Officer Coleman corrects us for our mistakes, but by now we’re learning from the daily sweat. We are still sweating for simple things, such as writing/ reading letters after taps, moving around in formation, and not sounding off. Some days are nothing but sweat, like when recruits disappear and sign out to go to choir practice to get out of sweating and goof off at the Chapel, especially when they end up scolded by the Chaplain himself. We packed the entire contents of our racks into one huge sea bag, and passed them down lines of recruits that stretched the regiment! We have never been so frustrated with ourselves, for overpacking underwear before! The worst one by far, was one of our shipmates sneaking Double bubble bubble gum, and throwing the wrapper away in the squadbay, where it was later discovered. After no one owned up to it, bubble gum for goodness sake, we were all held accountable. While in sniper positiion, we recited “get that double bubble bandit”. Everyone was pretty irritated.

This brings us to a new level of accountability, where even if your buddy is a squad leader, you will be reprimanded for not pulling your weight. We really are trying to grow as a company, and with only eight weeks to prepare to serve your country, it makes sense that we have Company Commander’s breathing down our necks reminding us to take it seriously. However, it’s the little things that help us get by; things we never thought we would appreciate so much: i.e. mail, chewy bars, and peanut butter and jelly usually bring a sense of happiness, even if only temporarily. At this point in recruit training, we have definitely already changed as individuals, and slowly but surely we are evolving as a company as well.

 

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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