Alpha 195 Recruit Journal Week 05

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Alpha 195 Recruit Journal

Formed: Aug 22, 2017

Graduates: October 13, 2017


Alpha-195 Week 05 Summary (More Sweat!!!!)


It’s over. Week 05 has come to an end and the downhill sprint to graduation begins. While the end seems so close for Alpha, it’s not even close to being over. This week was not easy. Monday started out with a uniform inspection that had us all shaking in our boondockers. The entire company lined up in a small room ready to be looked over by our Battalion Commander, Senior Chief Pace. An inspection that literally came down to the smallest string was the deciding factor weather you passed or failed. The stress was real but in the end Alpha did well! Did I forget to mention it was search and rescue week? Sounds fun right? Well if fun is getting up at 0530 and having 10 minutes or less to change out and get outside ready to step off, then I suggest you join U.S. Coast Guard. Those rushed mornings just added to the stress of the week. In the middle of all the chaos were our seamanship classes. Do you guys know how to put on a life jacket? Well Alpha Company sure does, after an entire class dedicated to putting on our life jackets, and taking them off for 2 hours. Our second class involved risk management during operations, which taught us how to calculate it and how to assess risk, then, make the right call. In the Coast Guard this is so important because a single crewmember with the smallest injury could increase your risk of something going completely wrong. Throughout the week you could tell we were all improving. Improving so much that Petty Officer Karpf was annoyed he couldn’t find a reason to make us all sweat. Don’t worry though, they always find a reason we need to sweat. It wasn’t until the end of the week that things got real. Friday was judgment day, a rack and personnel inspection that no one could have prepared us for. Chief Orlowicz had warned us earlier in the week that the “Red ropes were coming” and they sure did. 03 Section commanders flew into our squad bays quicker than we had time to react. This was a day that made or broke us. As soon as they got there the noise level increased and the intensity sky rocketed. “15 Seconds pop your rack!” “Louder Alpha, louder”, as we counted down the time. They flew through our racks destroying our lives and pointing out every discrepancy. Wet towel here, dirty misplaced sock there, trash under here. All no goes that earned some of our shipmate’s probation. That short time of 30 minutes of chaos felt like forever. Just like that the 02 major hurdles of week 05 were tackled by Alpha Company. As our reward, we all got our orders. We are at another milestone in recruit training, just another week down in “It’s just 08 weeks”. The excitement continues for Alpha-195 and week 06 begins.


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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