ALPHA 194 Recruit Journal Week 6


Alpha 194 Recruit Journal

Formed: January 24, 2017

Graduates: March 17, 2017

This week has been decidedly the most crucial and influential for our company so far. Such as this Sunday we achieved the milestone of our colors. These colors are on the Guidon (flag we carry around with us anywhere we go in formation). Getting that thing was work. We were pushed farther than any day prior. The sweat was in the gallons as the afternoon was filled with I.T., remedial, and a copious amount of marching. However, all of it was a test, a test to see if we have truly progressed as a company and deserve this senior rite of passage. After a drawn out walk across the entire regiment and then some, we arrived at a beach. We gazed upon the ocean in darkness as Petty Officer Shenk gave us one last I.T. session. When we arose from the ground he said “You want that?” pointing to the colors Guidon behind him. We yelled “Yes Petty officer Shenk!” in response. He gave a swift “Well go and get it.” The entire company ran through the sand in a movie esc. fashion. We all cheered and roared Alpha! Alpha! Alpha!

Beyond that inspiring day this week has been less stressful for lack of a better word. Now it is more about coasting and maintaining our current level of recruit expectations. These expectations have become more pertinent now than ever since as of Friday we became the most senior company on the regiment. Zulu has graduated and all expectations and standards are held to us. We are needed to be at our best these next 12 days.

As for being the eldest company, we are allotted privileges for our work thus far. As you all may know, Alpha company was granted on base liberty yesterday. We were able to speak in real time about the wonders of boot camp to our family and friends. We also indulged ourselves with greasy meals and junk food. It’s the little things that keep a person going here at Cape May, the things that get taken grossly advantage of time with family included. Next week will be the start of week 7, thus commencing the beginning of the end for A-194’s journey. I believe that I speak for everyone when I say that this has been one of the most challenging and rewarding trails we have been through in our entire lives. The end is coming but as we are constantly reminded it is not over yet. We have 12 more days to keep this up. Week 8 will come soon and boy can it not come soon enough. Just 12 more days Alpha.

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.