Alpha 198 Recruit Journal Week 02

International Maritime Signal Flag Alpha

Formed: September 24, 2019

Graduates: November 15, 2019

Week 02 is at an end and Alpha-198 continues meandering into basic competency. It was not an easy week for us, not a week of complacency, but one of upheaval and stress. As the weather marched from black-flag heat advisory which drove us inside to a silent grey rain which has us shuttering in the galley to an icy wind which had us shivering during morning sweat sessions. The ground in Cape May was no calmer than the skies. We became acquainted this week with our pieces – a whole new instrument for sweat. Thirty-one recruits were hired for company jobs five of whom have since been fired. Through it all, we sweated, grunted, groaned and wondered what we have gotten ourselves into as our company commanders continue to correct our company’s deficiencies. It wasn’t all sweat and failure however, we did make some progress as a company, earing the right to use the salad bar and pb&j station in the galley. We began reciting our chain of command after each meal and learning some marginally more advanced drill moves along with new gym and running workouts. Twelve days ago we were a pack of scared, quiet, civilians with long hair and no tolerance for pain, today were a pack of scared, quiet, E-1’s, with no hair, and a tolerance for pain. Alpha-198 will continue to grow and learn and will hopefully go from stumbling around to marching in graduation. -SR Lebel-lepage -SR Millson

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.

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