Alpha 197 Recruit Journal Week 02

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Alpha 197 Recruit Journal

Formed: Dec 18, 2018

Graduates: Feb 08, 2019

Week 02 Summary 29DEC18

Sore, Exhausted, Sweaty, Determined, Fierce, and Alive. These are all accurate adjectives to describe ALPHA-197 as week 02 comes to an end. With all of us still trying to get “squared away”, we have done a bit more sweating than learning. Our company commanders assured us that it’s just a part of the process, and we are beginning to believe them. Week 02 was a very strange learning experience for all of ALPHA, the ridiculously generous Christmas festivities we participated in made the week much easier. Helping our chocolate and soda deprived bellies to a twenty foot table full of deserts put a smile unlike any other on our faces. Sweets are great, but nothing was sweeter than communication with our families. Operation Fireside was a huge success, and ALPHA Company will never forget it. On Wednesday, ALPHA-197 was entrusted with a mock M-16 rifle; our “Pieces” as we call them. We treat them as if they were real at all times until we can be trained on a real one. The company spent a decent amount of time in the chapel this week for certain classes. Anytime with Chaplain Fischer is a good time because he insists we relax and de-stress there away from our CC’s. We received a plethora of information this week, and the information is put to use every minute of every day. Each gym session is preceded by a stretch session. ALPHA utilized the pool twice this week, once for our swim test and another time for a survival float with a specialized floatation device. The swim and five minute water tread was much more difficult than expected, but we did our best. ALPHA-197 also met our company mentor, Lieutenant Hixson, and he also insisted we relax. We were able to ask questions about basically anything coast guard related. ALPHA got advice about what is expected in senior weeks of training, experience in the fleet, and the best way to shine boots. Saturday was finished off by a bike session led by petty officer Kuhns. We ate our calorie packed chewy bars (fighting over our favorite flavors) and hit the racks, looking forward to our divine hours on Sunday to catch up on some much needed work. Another week of training complete here in Cape May.

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.