Alpha 194 Recruit Journal Week 02



Alpha 194 Recruit Journal

Formed: January 24, 2017

Graduates: March 17, 2017


Alpha-194 Week 02 Summary


USCG boot camp, it’s a difficult topic to really explain so a story from the beginning of Alpha Company’s journey should suffice. The bus, that fateful bus, where our entire company met for the first time, though we would not really get to know each other until later in training. It was the transit from the airport to TRACEN Cape May. After about an hour and a half of driving from the Philadelphia airport we finally reached our destination. Our journey began with an ominous silence when all recruits realized this is happening. Some were excited, some were nervous, but all had no idea what training was truly going to be. We waited until the bus driver cut the silence with a “good luck”, and a Company Commander jumped on board screaming his lungs out, but Alpha wasn’t scared. Nothing scares Alpha company… which we would soon find out was a lie.

A few very long and drawn out days after we first arrived our company was formed, and we met our permanent Company Commanders. After a swift speech from the Commanding Officer of TRACEN Cape May, Captain Gibbons, we were quickly thrust into another screaming epidemic by our new CC’s, Petty Officer Burke, Petty Officer Haro, Petty Officer Dockery, and our Lead Company Commander Petty Officer Shenk. He’s our favorite, but you didn’t hear that from me. Many days of Incentive Training (IT), and Remedial Instruction were required of us every time we made an error individually or as a company. What is IT and Remedials you ask? Well they are a mixed bag of exercises that maximize pain. Such exercises include holding a full canteen over our heads for fifteen minutes, or doing a quick succession of pushups, crunches, squats, and flutter kicks until we want to call home and beg someone to come save us.

From the beginning of week 02 (of which we have 08 weeks to complete training) I can describe how boot camp felt. It was doing the same repetitive motions over and over until done correctly. Like hitting yourself with a brick, you’ll eventually become numb, and that’s exactly what Alpha Company did. We learned the brick is becoming lighter and lighter at the days pass. Instead of being 118 strangers on a bus we began to work together to solve our problems. We are all working hard to get our Coastie uniforms and wear them with pride. There has been so much adjusting for the entire Company in these first few weeks. Apparently being uprooted and tossed into a world where everyone is yelling at you is a little stressful, so if you feel inclined to send letters then please do. It helps this journey we are all taking; it’s not a bad one but a challenging one. By being pushed to our limits we are becoming stronger and more resourceful. Look out week 03 here comes Alpha Company.


  • SR Lane, W.


  • 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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