Alpha 196 Recruit Journal Week 04

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Alpha 196 Recruit Journal

Formed: April 24, 2018

Graduates: June 15, 2018


Alfa-196 Week 04 Summary – 20MAY18


Week 04 is in the books for the Alfa-196 company. What a week it turned out to be! With all the intensive training and new knowledge to learn and recite it’s amazing how we made it through! Just goes to show you we are getting better….or just getting used to the punishments. This week started out with getting our military I.D.’s. We found out Alfa is not the most photogenic company. However, the theme of this week was Fire! Fire! Fire! Surprisingly real firefighting and not just the intensive training punishment (Although that was common too). For this class the company split in half, Port and Starboard. Each side received its own guide on and we were allowed to march ourselves around the regiment! We made plenty of mistakes. Not greeting our section commander correctly was probably the biggest, but we are getting better! We march ourselves 15 minutes to Golf Hall to learn all about fires including; causes, make up, categories, prevention, and safety. During this class we got to learn about various different types of extinguishers and even got to use some of them to put out some fake fire. As the classes continued, we learned about and got to try on the various pieces of firefighting gear. Finally the day come where we got to put what we learned in class to the test. In our firefighting practical we got to experience the real thing. We dressed fast as we could, strapped the oxygen tanks to our backs, went on air, and rushed into a smoked out room. Each of us was placed in charge of the fire hose and got to put out a fake fire. The fire may have been fake but it was as close to the company wanted to get! Of course our company commanders continue to instruct us as well on topics ranching from colors class to enlisted careers. However, the class where we got to put in for our first unit was probably the favorite. Now the whole company waits with anticipation to found out where we will be sent! The company also accomplished a few more major milestones. We had our second physical fitness assessment! Proud to say almost the entire company passed! We also passed our midterms. Officially marking the halfway point in our weeks of training. As we come to this point in our boot camp training many recruits are nervous but most of us are eager to see what week 05 has in store. Next week started search and rescue being fast and loud is going to be even more important than ever before. We continue to grow in strength and volume. As the company becomes more cohesive. As the bonds between our shipmates grows so too does the strength and drive of Alfa-196. Times to continue our pursuit of being the best company on the regiment. Alfa-196 the clock is ticking and the pressure is on let get to work!!!


SR 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.