Alpha 197 Recruit Journal Week 05

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Alpha 197 Recruit Journal

Formed: Dec 18, 2018

Graduates: Feb 08, 2019

Week 05 summary


Well that concludes search and rescue week for ALPHA-197. For those of you at home that don’t know what SAR week is… it kind of sucks. It sounds almost like a fun game of hide and seek or something. Reality check for us. Our time objectives are cut in half in the mornings, so we only have 10 minutes to get out of bed, put on our socks and shoes, and run out to the quarterdeck for muster, run back to our squad bays change into Operational Dress Uniform, with our digital camo jackets… you guys get the point. It’s a lot for only 10 minutes. The end goal is the same – food. Where food is involved ALPHA’s there. Man the food is great here.

This week was a big turnaround week for ALPHA. We matured a lot, especially today. This week we got our orders. Let that sink in. We aren’t going home and staying home. We’re now ordered all over the country and different jobs, and time zones and new experiences. All different, yet altogether we had our own mini ceremony where our Company Commanders would ask us questions to make us nervous about where we were going to get sent and then just yell out our orders and ring a bell. We need practice at bell ringing for sure. It was a big moment for all of us, and altogether our Company Commanders may seem like the opposite of charming at times, it was an honor to have them be there. After all we only know what we know thanks to them. Our relationship as a company has massively improved. Looking at the new companies and how utterly messed up they’re gives us flashbacks to just a few weeks ago when our buses pulled up to Sexton Hall. We’re very prideful today to be ALPHA-197. Working together is the answer to boot camp if anybody cared to know… just saying. We all get extremely frustrated with each other, but at the end of the day it’s all of love. We all want to see each other February 8th graduation day. We’re closing off on another week tomorrow, and that means ALPHA needs to stay strong these last few weeks. We’re a tough… and stubborn crew (our Company Commanders can tell you that), and we proved it today when we did “The Confidence Course.” It’s this weirdly awesome obstacle course that really brought us together. It only took punches to gut, falling on faces, and basically overcoming heights to teach ourselves how to be a team. So pain taught us how to improve… that should give you a clue as to what we’ve gone through the past 05 weeks here.

Quick update for all family and friends! We are no longer living in James Hall! We are now in Healy Hall. So for writing mail… it’s all the same except for our building name! To wrap it all up – this week was a good, some memorable memories like our Company Commanders smiling at us, even if they were internally laughing at us, it’s better than yelling, so we’ll take it. New week, new start, more pain and sweating, but the end is seaming near ladies and gentleman. We love you all back home! Keep us in your prayers as we make our way into week 06! ALPHA 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.