Alpha 193 Recruit Journal Week 06



Alpha 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: June 7, 2016

Graduates: July 29, 2016




“YEAAAAHHH!” (Best Chief Flickinger impression). Who Dat loud and proud senior company on the regiment? Okay, most of us probably aren’t Saints fans, but you’re on target and tracking, right? (Thanks Petty Officer Passmore; so many sayings along with “room for activities!”) But yes! As of today, A-193 is officially the senior company, and will hold the title for the next two weeks! As previously stated, with great power and/or freedom, comes (in this case) even GREATER responsibility. We’ve been given so much the past week or two: waking ourselves up, getting to where we need to be early (early means on time), evening routine, etc. We also have a multitude of events to look forward to i.e. off base liberty, receiving our colors, graduation practice, and coffee! However, we have to remind ourselves, in the midst of travel arrangements and senior company privileges, there is still plenty of time and ways for our privileges to disappear. We’re beyond excited and proud of how far we’ve come, but we can’t let our military bearing and all that we’ve learned falter just because we’ve caught a glimpse of the finish line…

There is so much still to do! This coming week we’ll be taking our final exam, having another uniform inspection, and completing our Close Order Drill/ Manual of Arms test! Yes, we know- exciting and exhausting.

Unfortunately, due to intense humidity and high temperatures, we have yet to participate in the pugil stick bout, or complete the confidence course (active events every company looks forward to). This is slightly bizarre as many of us never knew Jersey could reach climates like these. I’d like to say that we sweat less, but under these heavy weather conditions, we create puddles just forming up for noon chow!

Another highlight to the start of our final weeks here at Training Center Cape May is being able to work on and discuss company designed tee shirts, decorated ditty bags, pictures, etc. Honestly, A-193 has it good; our company commanders have given us so much inspiration and numerous ideas that the art crew is having difficulty finalizing everything!

Week 06 has come to a close in the best way possible- on base liberty! It was everything we could have imagined! We earned coffee back, worked our weights at the gym, having Chief Flickinger treat us like a 5 year old child tying shoes- preparing his group to present themselves to the public on the base! It was like heaven binging on contraband (food) from the exchange, utilizing social media, and spending several hours on our (yes, our) phones with friends and families! We even connected more as a company; sharing contact information and snacks, taking pictures, and admiring our old social media selves compared to us now! It was definitely the refresher and motivation that we all needed entering into week 07.

Overall, we’re not perfect; still making mistakes (and always will, right?), but trust us when we say that we have definitely come a long way. Our families and friends will soon see how we’ve changed as individuals, but if only they could see how we’ve grown and transitioned as a company. Gaining muscle, sweating out weakness, frustratingly trying to memorize an entire packet on information, a few tears along the way, but A-193 has made it (to week 07 at least)! Many of us have accomplished things that we never would have thought to try; we’ve experienced things and made memories that have made us better in many ways. It’s pretty amazing to see first-hand what we’ve done here, and to know that somehow three men were able to transform over one hundred of us into decent, military bearing human beings! Thanks to them, we’re ready for what’s to come!


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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