Alpha 196 Recruit Journal Week 06

International Maritime Signal Flag Alpha

Alpha 196 Recruit Journal

Formed: April 24, 2018

Graduates: June 15, 2018


02 June 18 2133 Week 06 Summary


Week 06 was a whirlwind. Emotions and new experiences arose left and right for all of us. This week started off with a bang! That’s right, it was the week for firearms training. Each of us was entrusted with learning how to handle, and ultimately fire a live firearm. The class was incredibly interesting and very strict about safety in all regards. However, the scenarios the instructors gave us while practicing with dummy rounds felt a little goofy. The best part of the week? The Range! Not only did we get to actually shoot a live firearm, but we also got to leave the base for the first time in 06 weeks. This included a relaxing 45 minute bus ride and some dinner away from Training Center Cape May. The session at the range was also scored. Port side receive a 76 percent score and starboard side received a 83. This qualified Alfa for another pennant! These pennants are placed on our guide on once the company earns its colors (something we are still striving towards). This week included two major events. The first of which, many of you already know about. We were finally able to break radio silence and call home. Many tears were shed, but it reminded us all of why we came here in the first place. We came to better things not only for ourselves but for our families as well. Some of us are even doing this so that we may see the world. Whatever the reason, this week really drove it home and motivated us to continue pushing through these last couple of weeks of boot camp. At this time I would like to thank the squad leaders and the company’s yeomen. We want you to know that we cherish and love you for all the time you sacrifice to ensure that this company stays on track no matter what. Secondly, there has been a major change on the regiment. Alfa-196 is now the most senior company on the regiment. Unfortunately the intensive training sessions have not ceased. We have yet to grow into our new boondockers. However, Chief Vetter, YNC Perez and YN2 Toliver continue to “inspire” us with the various methods at their disposal. You would be surprised at just how quickly one’ mistake can be corrected while in a slow squat position. Any point being made becomes rapidly clear. We still need to gather ourselves to become a fully-fledged senior company. However Alfa will rise to the challenge and soon we hope to see our colors of the flag pole so that the entire regiment knows that we are here and that we are ready.


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.