Alpha 194 Recruit Journal Week 04


Alpha 194 Recruit Journal

Formed: January 24, 2017

Graduates: March 17, 2017


Alpha-194 Week 04 Summary


This week was a big one for Alpha Company. This week was the all important week of our mid-term, the halfway point in this journey to getting anywhere but here. Mid-term has a sort of frightening sound to it, the kind of sound only college students know. It’s the kind of encumbering landmark that determines if one is to move on to the next stage, the next part, or level in their journey, scary stuff. That being said the test was extremely easy since it was open book and everything we learn comes from this godsend of knowledge (our master training packet). The difficult part is getting to the mid-term, once again something college students understand. After the testing was complete we learned that Alpha Company’s score was in the 90th percentile. That means we get a nice pretty ribbon on our company flag in the later weeks. We are all excited to boast to all other companies that we may not have the skills, but at least we have the knowledge.

Speaking of Alpha 194 and our recruit skills, they have been developing quite significantly. Another reason this was an important week for us, we as recruits have become acclimated to the climate of recruit training. The time objectives I brought up last week are becoming consistently easier to achieve. Our marching is improving as well as our military customs and courtesies; we still have a ways to go however.

Another big event this week was reversions. I don’t want to delve into too much, but reversions happen when our Company Commanders determine you are not on the level of the week of training the company is on. The inability to prove one’s self leads to being switched to a new company a week behind in the hope that improvement is made. That happened this week and in plentiful number, nine of our recruits were sent to Bravo Company on Friday alone. Seeing that happen has scared most of us into being the best recruits we can. Boot camp is just a very extended job interview with a few cry sessions here and there. If you don’t have what they want you go to another company.

Last but not least, this week held the day we filled out our dream sheets. Dream sheets are the papers we fill out to choose the preferences of where we want to be stationed after boot camp. I don’t know what everyone chose, but wherever we go we will be doing something great somewhere new. We are being paid to travel and explore. These next four weeks will be worth it. We always keep that in mind. Overall this week was enlightening and a huge step forward in our training.


  • 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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