Alpha 197 Recruit Journal Week 04

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Alpha 197 Recruit Journal

Formed: Dec 18, 2018

Graduates: Feb 08, 2019


ALPHA-197         WEEK 04 SUMMARY


04 weeks down… 04 more weeks to go. Alpha-197 has hit the half way mark. This week we did some basic firefighting training. Hands down the coolest experience we’ve all been through while here in TRACEN Cape May. We put on the massive suits; which made us look like clowns in case you all needed a more accurate depiction. The equipment is all easy to put on, but when the red lights and strobe lights mixed with the steam came on… a few pounds soon became a lot more to control. The water hose was extremely hard to handle too with 10 other people attached to it. It was definitely a team effort. Those “Obstacles” are the ones we’ll take from here when we all graduate in 04 weeks… hopefully.

This week we did a lot of sniper position, holding mattresses over our heads… the usual. Does it hurt? Yes. Is it frustrating? Yes. Are we tired? Yes. To all families and friends reading, don’t worry. Alpha is finally starting to act like a real company because of all the horrible tricks and games we go through. Are we being brain washed, No? Are we learning how to become discipline, definitely. Standing at attention has become second nature to all of us. Just today our squad leaders were paying the price for something the whole company was at fault for, and we stood up to grab our “Pieces” (mock M-16s) and join them. “One hurts. WE all hurt.” So yes, we’re exhausted and hurting, but we’re making memories and changing for the better. Just yesterday a couple recruits were sleep talking the Coast Guard Ethos… something has to be working. With that said, we are being fed amazing food and if we do well our Company Commanders might open up the “Sweets” section to us. We love and miss you all.

To let all the families know almost all of Alpha passed our mid-terms too! The test was open book, but that doesn’t make it any less nerve-wrecking. The males left to get their hair buzzed again, and they came back looking like newly shaven hairless cats, and that’s no disrespect to the males. It was nice to see everybody squared away and ready for boot camp. Time to play hard ball now and give it all we got. One more day and we’ll be doing our BC inspection, inspected by Master Chief Wadley. It’ll be defining moment for all of us. Some will go and some will continue onto Tuesday. We got this. Alpha-197 out.


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.