Alpha 194 Recruit Journal Week 07



Alpha 194 Recruit Journal

Formed: January 24, 2017

Graduates: March 17, 2017


Summary of Week 07

The beginning to the end of our journey has begun. Week 08 is upon us and it feels amazing but not only that, it’s simultaneously surreal. The knowledge of our soon departure and the change in our lives reminiscent of when we first arrived here is difficult to grasp. As for now we still have to act in the same manner as we always have (being good recruits and what not) but soon all of that will change just like the change we experienced 2 months ago. This knowledge has affected us over the last week. Initially we had issues with keeping ourselves together when our anticipation so dearly wants to tear us apart. With some punishment we learned this is sadly not over yet.

A large portion of alpha had their teeth ripped out of their heads this week. Not a large point of contention, but it was hilarious to see a third of the company with swollen cheeks. I’m sure you can imagine the words of sympathy our company commanders gave us while we ran around looking like the dentist had an amateur boxing match with our faces.

A truly pertinent event this week was the test of our off base liberty. I say test because this is the moment we prove if we can truly represent our branch of the military properly in public, in scenarios that we would actually be in outside of these boot camp walls. As we were told we were being watched so I’m sure you can imagine it’s all about your manners and being able to represent our glorious branch is maybe the biggest test we have in training.

This week we have achieved many of our pennants and we even were able to talk and ask questions to a few of our company commanders as normal human beings. We have earned a lot by working hard and getting to this point. I believe I speak for most when is say it’s felt like the time here has trampled by and the days to come are just the home stretch. The final 5 days… the moment we have been arriving towards since the moment we arrived here. Seeing as how this may be my last journal I write for our dear Alpha Company, I am going to say I am proud to have worked with all of the individuals in the company for the past 2 months. We are all proud of how far we have come just as I know everyone’s families and friends are proud of us for making it here. Being here is an experience I will never forget and a worthwhile opportunity for the whole of us. Now more than ever we want leave. As I said, this week is the final stretch and the only words I can say are…. Let’s get the heck out of here Alpha.


  • 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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