Alpha 199 Recruit Journal Week 04

International Maritime Signal Flag Alpha

Formed: July 21, 2020
Graduates:  September 11, 2020

Another week has gone by, and for some of us the hardest by far. Each new day brought new challenging tasks, but we never backed down. We woke up each morning either to “Fire, Fire, Fire or get up and get online right now”.  We had to learn to be ready to go for any situation, by given shorter time objectives to start our day. This really exposed us to the challenges of urgent life and death situations and the ability to make sure that everything is the way it should be prior to stepping off. We had the opportunity to challenge ourselves with shipboard firefighting, and had the opportunity to march in front of the entire regiment for the graduation of Yankee-198.  Of course there were failed time objectives, and they were obviously corrected by our Company Commanders, but this week has also shown us that there is a certain pressure associated to being so close to being entrusted with so much responsibility to serve the citizens of the United States. We will go into the next week of training remembering the basics taught to us by our Lead Company Commander. “Be loud, be fast, pay attention to detail” We are Alfa-199.

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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