Alpha 196 Recruit Journal Week 02

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Alpha 196 Recruit Journal

Formed: April 24, 2018

Graduates: June 15, 2018



Graduation Program: Posted Thursday afternoon: Week 7 Blog

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Alfa-196 Week 02 Summary – 06MAY18


This week my shipmates and I learned a lot about each other. Our company Commanders are constantly pushing us to be our best. We received our pieces this which is very exciting. We are starting to learn manual of arms movements, but we have a long way to go. We also had our swim assessments this week, some passed, and some didn’t. The food in the galley has been amazing every day snice we gotten here. Its been hard, but its only just the beginning. Our lead company commander and his assistant company commander’s want us to perform at our best, and they will not stop pushing us until we do. Sweat, sweat, sweat and more sweat until we get it right. My shipmates and I were able to help out the Coast Guard festival today. We got to meet the Officer Of the Day and help clean after an event he held. We all also got to meet our mentor today who gave us some god advice and words of encouragement. He told us about his experiences in the Coast Guard and how he made his way to warrant officer. He was very kind and funny and helped us get a better idea of what it will be like once we leave boot camp. Our CC’s have also given us very important information on being successful once we graduate. They have pushed me and my shipmates to the point where we are dripping in seat. Like I said we have a long way to go. A senior company graduated this, I got to meet a few of them and they gave me some good advice. I cannot wait to four our company to improve and start working together more. Every morning and every night we get to catch a glimpse of Cape May’s sunrise and sunset, needless to say they are gorgeous. Anyway here’s to getting faster, louder, and stronger together as a team. Looking forward to learning more from our CC’s, follow shipmates, and improving. We have a long way to go, but we can get there if we give it our all. Unit we improve its only going to get harder, working out with our pieces and holding canteens over our heads until we have sweat dripping onto the deck. Everything we are being pushed to do is going to help us all, even though at this time it may not feel like it. Week 02 has been exciting and very challenging.


  1. Palmateer, M. A.

Roaster Order # 65


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.