Alpha 198 Recruit Journal Week 03

International Maritime Signal Flag Alpha

Formed: September 24, 2019

Graduates: November 15, 2019

Forming week is far behind us, and the storms of indoctrination weekend have since faded into the horizon. Now week 03 has come to an end, and the process of normalization is well underway, if not fully complete. It was a hard, halting week for the company sweat and pink eye have all wrecked the company. If the eight weeks of boot camp were swimming lessons than week 03 would have been the panicked feeling one gets the first time you jump into the deep end. Some day we will be swimming strong, but this week we count ourselves lucky to be moving forward at all. That’s not to say it was all bad, we’ve had moments and even sometimes hours of success. Every member of the company has learned the six required knots and our recruit marching leader has yet to be fired. We spent hours on the track and in the gym training our bodies for the rigors of service and even longer in the classroom. We’ve grown closer as a company and although we are not always selfless and as organized as we should be, we do care about our shipmates. One day our shipmates will help us save lives but for now they make this place bearable. Alpha-198 carries on towards week 04 with increased pride in our company and we will keep carrying on strong until the finish line.

-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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