Alpha 196 Recruit Journal Week 05

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Alpha 196 Recruit Journal

Formed: April 24, 2018

Graduates: June 15, 2018


Alfa-196 Week 05 Summary – 27MAY18


Hectic, insane, and incredibly exhausting! These are just some of the words used to describe this week. Monday, week 05 kicked off search and rescue week. Take all our training and triple it and we still wouldn’t have prepared. Reveille sounded at 0530 and we all rushed to the quarterdeck. Once there we were forced to quickly take muster and in mass hysteria manage to get dressed in our boondockers and operational dress uniforms, we then had to march to the galley. This had to all be completed with Alfa Company at the galley by 0545! Absolutely impossible, but we learned quickly and we made it. This happened every day this week. Even our classes intensified. Many of our classes involve our benefits and insurance information, we have also had classes pertaining to budget management and planning for retirement! Most of us are just trying to get through boot camp! Seems too early to think about retirement!

Monday also exposed the company to our Section Commanders. Alfa-196 put on its inspection ready uniforms and marched to Healy Hall. What happened next was chaos. Screaming echoed across the regiment, mattresses and M-1 pieces were being held, and the horrified looks on our shipmates faces when a Section Commander critiqued their uniform and demanded they recite required knowledge was something no one could possibly forget. The rest of the week didn’t slow down. More intensive training, heavier things to lift, more difficult time objectives to make. Before we knew it, it was Friday! However, Friday was by far the most challenging. As we arrived to our squad bay, after morning chow, our Section Commanders were waiting for us. Not good. Rack inspections were conducted, clothes were flying, and of course screaming. When the dust cleared Alfa stood exhausted. But we still stood.

The company then had the opportunity to witness the Battalion Commander accession to Master Chief. The ceremony was awesome and Alfa-196 was privileged to be a part of it. After the ceremony the time finally came… to receive our orders, as the company stood on the parade field, we watch as each of our shipmates were told where they would be stationed. Most were very happy! That when it sunk in… We are at the end of search and rescue week. We know where we will be stationed we are almost the most senior company on the regiment. Finally our future as united States Coast Guard men and women is within our grasp. The week ended almost the same as it began, with tears. But instead of tears of pain and misery. Tears of joy were shed as each recruit called their loved ones to proudly announce their orders and hear the words of affirmation from the people they long to get back to hard work, sweat, blood, and tears. That is what week 05 was made of. As we move into week 06 we as a company go forth louder, we are faster, and we are more Alfa than ever before. Alfa-196 we are almost there, stand fast!


  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.