Alpha 195 Recruit Journal Week 06

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Alpha 195 Recruit Journal

Formed: Aug 22, 2017

Graduates: October 13, 2017


Alpha-195 Week 05 Summary (Craziness!!!!)


This is it Alpha the final home stretch. Week 06 is over and we begin week 07. Now Alpha is conducting ourselves as member of a military organization dedicated to saving lives. We aren’t full members of the fleet yet, but with each day we get a step closer. This week was full of craziness. From the beginning to the end it was nonstop business. Monday the company split into two sections, port side and starboard side. Fire arms training was just one of the highlights of the week. A lot of people in the company had never even shot a weapon before. They soon discovered the joy of shooting at a paper target. We also got a nice 45 minute bus ride out to civilization. I don’t think I’ve ever been more excited to see traffic than I was that day. Just for all of us to see the outside world was a decent confidence boost. Tuesday though was the real stress reliever. Pugil Sticks, the chance for all of us to suit up in funny looking gear, and beat the pudding out of one another. With the Company Commanders yelling and pushing us to swing harder, things got intense real quick. Some fights were great to watch, while others were like watching two chickens run around the ring with their heads cut off, no joke. Wednesday and Thursday was more range time for the starboard side and port side got administration time. It wasn’t until Friday that things got more stressful. For this graduation we were all tasked with helping out and standing watch. A watch that no one in the company wants but unfortunately some got. Everywhere you went on the regiment was a complete danger zone. Officers everywhere, Admirals, Generals, and collar devices half of us didn’t recognize. If you missed a salute, you bet your lucky stars you were getting chewed out. At the end of the day, we all survived and returned to the company in one piece. The week ended with the best 05 hours ever, On-base liberty. We all went to the exchange and bought more junk food and candy than Willy Wonka could have produced. All things our mothers would have disapproved of. We were also given our phones back for that time. Good quality time to get connected back with our families. I, like many of my shipmates, had our faces buried into our phones. Talking to loved ones, friends, family friends, any one we could get a hold of. It was a truly great experience. I’m sure it was for everyone back at home too. I’m sure you guys don’t need to be told because I’m sure you’ve all been counting down. But I’ll say it anyways, 12 day left. Graduation is right around the corner for members of Alpha-195. This also completes the second to last blog post for you all to read. So until next week, may the days go fast and the weeks go smooth.


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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