Alpha 198 Recruit Journal Week 07

International Maritime Signal Flag Alpha

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

At the beginning of training, 07 weeks ago, people from the Medical Staff to the Chaplains assured us that things would get better. Now, on the last Saturday of training we look back and see that it has.

We have finally reached the point as a company where we are worthy, truly worthy to have the title of “Senior Company”. Our colors fly high over the regiment, and our covers (if it every warms up enough to wear them instead of the watch covers) bear the Coast Guard Emblem. But more importantly, we ourselves carry the mark of a Senior Company. We show our seniority in how we move, how we act, and how we scream. We show that we’re ready for week 08, for graduations, and the fleet.

This was also a week of change in the dynamic with our Company Commanders. In their debrief meetings with us, they showed sides of themselves that we’d never seen. In week 02, we could not have hated them more! We even wondered if they even had souls. Now, we know them to be some of the most trustworthy, hardworking, and steadfast people we know.

And that, in many ways is what week 07 has been. A week of pulling back the curtains, of seeing the cogs and gears of this place, learning the reason behind the madness.

06 days left, and they will be the longest 06 days of our lives. 06 days until we see our families. 06 days until our efforts come to fruition. 06 days until we stand at the top and look back on how far we have come. 06 days to be the best Company we can be!

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.

Graduation Program: Posted Thursday afternoon

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