Alpha 196 Recruit Journal Week 03

International Maritime Signal Flag Alpha

Alpha 196 Recruit Journal

Formed: April 24, 2018

Graduates: June 15, 2018


Alfa-196 Week 03 Summary – 13MAY18

Another week in the books for Alfa-196 Company. Week 03 brought with it warmer weather, greater challenges, and of course, a lot of sweat. The company began attending seamanship classes. Here we learned more information about what life is like aboard a Coast Guard cutter; line handling and helm controls. We also learned and were tested on how to tie various basic knots. Our company commanders have also been teaching us. Chief Vetter taught us the importance of the Coast Guard core values; Honor, Respect, and Devotion to Duty. However, these concepts are still not fully grasped by the company. We still have much to improve on and practice. The 10-15 pound plastic M16 “Pieces” have become a vary motivating tool used to correct our many infractions. The workouts never get easier. As Chief Perez says “louder, faster…..that is all that matters.” Alfa-196 continues its pursuit of being both fast and loud, but still needs to be reminded frequently. Petty Officer Toliver, Chief Perez, and Chief Vetter have various ways to motivate the company and remind us to be both faster and louder, Most of these “remembers” come in the form of holding heavy objects above our heads including canteens, rucksacks, and in extreme cases the very thing a recruit sleeps on; A MATTRESS! Talking in formation, touching our faces, communicating with our company commanders, and keeping our military bearing are just a few of the things Alfa company needs to work on. Especially communication! We continue to practice our marching and have begun to practice manual of arms. We have gotten better but are nowhere near where we need to be, in order to train we need to prove to our company commanders that we deserve to train. Hopefully Alfa-196 will learn from its many mistakes and move forward as a more cohesive unit. Things will be heating up literally as the company moves forward into week 04 and firefighting classes begin. Alfa-196, its time to grow and learn so that we may become the perfect company we know we can be. We will be fast….we will be loud…This is Alfa-196.


  1. Luck, C.S.

RO# 107


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.