Alpha 196 Recruit Journal Week 07

International Maritime Signal Flag Alpha

Alpha 196 Recruit Journal

Formed: April 24, 2018

Graduates: June 15, 2018


Graduation Program: Posted Thursday afternoon: Week 7 Blog

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10Jun18 Week 07 Summary


“Your either fast, or you’re not. Your either loud, or you’re not. You’re Alfa, or you’re not.” Week 07 was probably one of the busiest, diverse, and inspirational weeks Alfa-196 has ever experienced. So much has happened this week the days honestly all run together. Starting from one of the most influential moments for Alfa Company. One day the company arrived at James Hall to three very upset Company Commanders who immediately made us pack our sea bags and go on a multi mile death march….. Sweating, exhausted and disconcerted Alfa took a head and water break and immediately reported for a company run. IN a clearing near the bench the company was hafted….Chief Vetter came forward and told the company just how well we had been doing. He asked the company if there was something we wanted. As a responds of “Yes” echoed the regiment, Chief Vetter about faced the company and cried out “Go Get It Alfa!!!” The recruits rushed to a beach behind them where the guidon was posted in the sand. Waving in the breeze was the Alfa flag. Cheers and tears, and one very proud company. We learned cadence, (some of them are funny others simply inspirational) and went on our first off base run. The company learned first aid and CPR, and more about the history of the Coast Guard. We have collected various battle streamers for our guidon “Olive Oil” (our mascot is PopEye). This week contained numerous challenges that Alfa met head on. We aced the final. We marched and performed manual of arms in front of the section commander. We received a 9/10 on both, earning yet another battle streamer. It was after this that something truly incredible happened…we had the time to talk normally to Chief Vetter and Chief Perez during debrief sessions…. In These moments we saw just how proud and how much our company commanders cared about Alfa-196. Enough to challenge us, to hold us to higher standards to truly be men and women of the U.S. Coast Guard. Because of their hard work, and the sweat, blood and tears Alfa Company shed throughout basic training. We earned off base liberty. Some recruits ate junk, went to movies, explored, or simply slept in a hotel. No matter how it was spent, it was time earned though diligent hard work surpassing already high standards. We spent time with shipmates. We were thanked for service to our county we had yet to but one day will provided, and for the first time we decompressed and were able to enjoy one day…That we can be proud of. This week Alfa-196 prepares to graduate, yes, graduate. Soon Alfa-196 and this log will come to an end, but it is important to note this is just another beginning. Afla-196, we are fast, we are loud. We are Alfa, and we are ready. All the sweat, the blood, the tears….Its for this. One last week. One more millstone, one final Challenge. Alfa-196, I will see you on the parade field.


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.