Alpha 194 Recruit Journal Week 05



Alpha 194 Recruit Journal

Formed: January 24, 2017

Graduates: March 17, 2017


Alpha-194 Week 05 Summary

Much like every other week here at beautiful and scenic Cap May, Week 05 was another large stride towards finally seeing the end of this mile. There is a glimmer of light presenting itself about 03 weeks away, ever increasing our anticipation to achieve the goal we all came here for. To graduate. Speaking of graduations, one of the senior companies, Yankee company, graduated this week and Alpha was tasked with the challenge of standing watch during the graduation. This job includes the following; Directing traffic, greeting visitors, opening doors for said visitors, and most importantly…….bag watch. As complicated as it may sound, bag watch is when a recruit is commissioned to take on the all important job of watching Yankee’s luggage for an hour. I personally was given this watch and from what I have been told, standing for hours and being left to your own thoughts is more or less an accurate representation of what watch will be like in the fleet. Once you start thinking of it as a form of training it doesn’t seem as dreadful as it once did. Stand and be left by yourself and only the company of sea bags.

Mission complete, but being left to only my own thoughts made me wonder. Where did I get stationed? Well that question was answered swiftly after Yankee’s graduation. Since we submitted our dream sheets last week, this week is the one where we find out where our Coast Guard careers will begin. Exciting stuff, but as company commanders do, it couldn’t just be a simple “Hey, here are your orders.” Then we be on our merry way. We were forced to play a game of Google images Pictionary to guess where we were stationed. The game went like this, we walked up front and faced away from the projector screen then a company commander would look up a picture related to where you were stationed. The next step was guessing where that picture indicates you are going. However since it is their job to break our spirits, every once and a while a recruit with a tropical preference would get stationed in somewhere like Hawaii. Sounds pretty good right? Our C.C.’s on the other hand would search pictures of polar bears and ice bergs. When the recruit turned around you could see their souls leave their bodies and since emotions are prohibited and military bearing is key, it made it even more hilarious.

As the weeks progress our company commanders are showing a more human side to them every once and a while. Further signifying how close we are to getting out of here. Despite the few of us who wanted California and where put on a polar ice breaker, we were all elated that we know where we will be after training and pushing us even more fiercely to follow in Yankee’s footsteps and Dip outta here. It’s getting closer Alpha just hang in there.


  • 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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