Alpha 194 Recruit Journal Week 03

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Alpha 194 Recruit Journal

Formed: January 24, 2017

Graduates: March 17, 2017

 

Alpha-194 Week 03 Summary

 

This week has been undoubtedly the best and worst for Alpha Company. Let’s start from the beginning. Consistent with the last week we were still feeling beat and like we all were fighting a losing battle. The next two days were the same, incentive training, classes, some punishing remedials, and the brief interruptions of chow at the galley.   However it was our faults that we were being punished. We couldn’t make any of our time objectives for the life of us. An example of our very constrained time objectives are, showering our entire company of around 120 people in under 12 minutes. So no 20 minute relaxing showers to take our minds off the life of bootcamp. It’s a soak, soap, soak, then a mad dash for your clothes, and an even more vigorous dash to make the time objective. Luckily we have the encouragement from our Company Commanders to push us along. Kind words like “hurry up Alpha!” or “if you’re late all of you owe me sweat!” really make the difference for us recruits.

Truly a day that made all the difference for Alpha Company was Thursday. After the whole week of screw ups and failures we as a company were not performing so well. We would never be ready for the outcome of this night. After an ominous march back to Munro Hall by ourselves, without the watchful eyes of our Company Commanders. We were met by Petty Officer Burke, one of our Assistant Company Commanders. It was like an angry disappointed parent was waiting for us after we snuck out when we were supposed to be studying. However instead of being grounded we were greeted with “You’re all going to pay tonight Alpha!” After such thoughtful words, we knew it was going to be a bad day. We were ordered to run inside and drop our rucksacks off because they were going to be inspected. After dropping those off we ran up the stairs, and what was found was a tornado disaster area. Our squadbays were massacred, shampoo was all over the walls, paper towels covered every inch of the floor, all of our shoes were tied in a knot by the laces, and our racks that we had spent so much time making were jumbled up into a pile of sheets and blankets. After our rucksack check which was also a miserable failure, because most of us had un-authorized items in them, we began to clean. Not just normal cleaning but team cleaning, we divided up jobs, at that moment to accomplish a monumental task we came together as a company and completed our mission.

Ever since then we have been doing considerably better. We make at least 80% of our time objectives. That day was our first big test in boot camp and I’m happy to say Alpha passed, it may have been a D+ but it’s an improvement. As of tonight 11FEB17 Alpha is feeling pretty good. Here’s to hoping that week 04 has no surprises like Thursday.

 

  • 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.

 

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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