Alpha 198 Recruit Journal Week 04

International Maritime Signal Flag Alpha

Formed: September 24, 2019
Graduates: November 15, 2019

Week 04 is the week Alfa-198 began to learn how to be a grown-up company. With the end of this week, we approach the midpoint of the program. It was a week of storms and triumphs. We drenched uniform upon uniform in sweat, lost shipmates to reversion, rephasal, and some went to the regimental hold element. Whatever the reason for the loss of a shipmate, it was a stark reminder that training isn’t over. On the brighter side, we passed the midterm with flying colors. By flying colors, we are talking about the colored pennant we earned to attach to our company flag. Now we just have to earn the right to carry that around instead of the white flag with the letter A on it we currently use. We also earned our first night of evening routine for getting such a high score. Instead of the normal few hours of sweat before bed, we were given time to discuss issues the company was having with each other, take time to work on our racks, time to clean the living areas more, and extra time to work on our marching and handling our pieces. A few shipmates returned from the recruit aptitude and motivational program. Alfa company has lost a few of its recruits and has gained a few, but we are surviving as a company for now.

This week also started the more hands on training. Particularly in the realm of firefighting that ended in a practical exam that had us crouching in full firefighting gear with charged firehoses in a training simulator full of smoke, flashing lights and interactive simulated fire. We were tested on our marching ability by our Section Commander and passed. I think he said something about us not being the best he has ever seen, but certainly not the worst. That’s a win in our book and allows us to march around the regiment without a CC babysitting the whole time. We’ve had time to practice carrying our pieces on our right and left shoulders, saluting with them, and more manual of arms positions. We had a class on standing watch in Sexton Hall, where we stayed our first few days here, and will be responsible for checking on the next company when they get here Tuesday night. Soon we will be one of the more senior companies that younger recruits look up to, but for now we’re just glad to hold our heads high and march with pride!-
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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