Alpha 198 Recruit Journal Week 06

International Maritime Signal Flag Alpha

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

Week 06 draws closed and the finish line is so close we can taste it A-198 truly became a senior company this week, fit, ready and disciplined. We earned the physical fitness and marksmanship pennants, joining the mid-term pennant on our freshly earned colors. We spent a day at the range and an evening on the phone with our families. Orders in hand, we were given time to contact our units. Shoe-shining kits in hand we were given time to square away our uniforms. With every taste of freedom, every word from our families and every moment on the off base run our hearts yearned for graduation. The strange is normal to us now, scream every word and take pride in it. The normal is also now the strange, the sight of a gas station had the company staring out the bus windows thinking about how close to freedom we are. It’s not just freedom that we are looking forward to, we have finally reached the time when we take pride in our company, our service, and ourselves. For weeks now, the Coast Guard Ethos has been required knowledge. The final lines “I am proud to be a Coast Guardsman, We are the United States Coast Guard” before week 06 we knew but know but now we truly know what they mean.

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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