Alpha 195 Recruit Journal Week 04

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Alpha 195 Recruit Journal

Formed: Aug 22, 2017

Graduates: October 13, 2017


Alpha-195 Week04 “More Sweat”

Moving day for Alpha-195. There’s nothing more unsettling than having to throw all your gear into your sea bag and struggle your way down 2 flights of stairs. Only to then struggle your way back up those stairs and move a squad bay over. Some people didn’t even move! Now that has to suck. I’m sure there’s some lesson or thing to learn that’s related to the Coast Guard but honestly, it’s probably more satisfying to make our lives as uncomfortable as possible.

Alpha is still struggling with some basic week 02 stuff which is making the things we have to learn now even harder. More red belts came out and were strapped on to our fellow shipmates. A lot of people look at red belts and disregard the recruit wearing them as a lost cause, or failure. It’s quite the opposite actually. Our Lead Company Commander said that if they fail probation the company owns that too because we all let it happen. No one is Alpha should want to see anyone go. We should help them and not let our shipmates sink. With that out of the way, week 04 is finally over for Alpha 195. Our halfway point was reached even if it took us through some hard days. We started our week off pretty slow. Monday the entire regiment got together to remember September 11th. There’s something stronger about that day now that we are wearing the uniform. Even if our Company Commanders say we don’t deserve to wear it yet. We also started marching ourselves around the regiment. It’s the small things here at Training Center Cape May that matter…. Trust me. Tuesday the company was introduced to firefighting basics. Now this was something to be excited about! Dressing out in full firefighting gear made us feel pretty sweet! The middle of week 04 the entire company took the firefighting practical. Talk about intense! There’s nothing like walking into a full smoked out room, not able to see, and only being able to feel your partner in front of you. The adrenaline rush was like no other.

As fun and exciting as that was, it wasn’t the highlight of the week. Dream Sheets. The regular sized piece of paper that has so much say in our future. Or should I say has influence on the people that decide our future in the Coast Guard. I don’t think I’ve ever been as nervous since our bus pulled up to Sexton Hall. Alaska, Hawaii, Florida, and even California, so many exciting places we can all go. Now if only the end of week 05 could hurry up and come so we could find out where we are going.

Over halfway done with training and Alpha is slowly pushing forward.   To all those back home, the days are long here, but the weeks go by quicker than you think. They say the further in training you progress it doesn’t get easier, we only get better. So here’s hoping that those words are true!


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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