Alpha 195 Recruit Journal Week 03


Alpha 195 Recruit Journal

Formed: Aug 22, 2017

Graduates: October 13, 2017


Alpha-195 Week 03 “Mistakes”

We were told many times that in recruit training, the days go by slowly and the weeks go by fast, and Alpha-195 can surely agree. The week was full of knot tying, waiting, and like always sweating. Over and over we would hear that Alpha-195 was the joke of the regiment and to make it worse, even our instructor, who is a really nice guy, ended up calling our Lead Company Commander Chief Milligan and telling him that we were the worst company ever. Now we were warned on day one that Chief Milligan was the very last person in the whole galaxy that you’d want to tick off, and yeah we did just that and had to pay dearly. In our chain of command right below Chief Milligan are these four big, loud, mean, and mercy less guys named Chief Orlowicz, Petty Officer Karpf, Petty Officer Wilderman, and Petty Officer Repasi. Chief Orlowicz was in maritime enforcement, meaning he has dealt with the worst. He’s the one who hypes up the company the best. Petty Officer Wilderman normally stalks around quietly, but once he catches you doing something wrong, the wild in his name makes a whole lot of sense. Petty Officer Repasi “Oh Man” this guy, this not vertically challenged guy will shadow over you and then destroy you, but when paired with Petty Officer Karpf. These two are making us sweat and breaking every part of us. Petty Officer Karpf himself is loud and mean, all of them are, but Petty Officer Karpf will break your soul because normally what are CC’s make us do is either, mostly possible and probably the third worst thing to do, but Petty Officer Karpf will make it the worst and impossible. After two full weeks we managed to know the company commanders and there qualities. Each and every one of our CC’s gave us a beating for what occurred in week 03. Our first chance to show off to the public our company and we immediately embarrassed ourselves and our respectable CC’s. Chief Milligan was ticked, so we sweat our faces off. Then we had classes, most of us took advantage of our stress free environment and lost are military bearing. People were falling asleep in class, not sounding off, and even sitting on a scuttle butt of all places! “Geez”. It was horrible, but we did manage to learn how to tie five basic knots and how to work the helm. The hands on experience was something most of us enjoyed, and there was very little struggle. Also red belts were introduced this week and after hearing about how bad they were. It really shook us up as a company to see some of our shipmates already wearing the red belt. Our CC’s had a joy ride with the red belts going over everything they should know. The rest of the company was actually going over their piece nomenclature for an upcoming test. Independent practices started by the end of the week, and when we all finished, we were shocked at our progress and you could hear many voices saying “Wow, I feel like this is a company”. But just a few moments later, the whole company lined up to see our squad leaders get punished for our mistakes. It definitely got the message across, standing there watching as the people we rely on most lift a huge hawser over their heads. It was guilt and sweat drenching, but the week did go by fast and our beatings were long. As a company, everyone says we are lacking, but step by step, day by day, I believe Alpha-195 will show we are the best.


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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