Alpha 199 Recruit Journal Week 05

International Maritime Signal Flag Alpha

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

It definitely was a week to remember for ALFA-199. I was full of BIG accomplishments, good performance, and of course, a lot of work which brought us some great rewards. Getting our Colors for the company was one of the most significant achievements and set the tone for a great weekend. Our flag also now flies high on the Regiment. It represents we are the senior company and we take it with pride, but also are held to a higher standard and have a lot more responsibility and our success doesn’t stop there. Another big test was on Friday in front of our Section Commander for our close order drill and manual of arms final test. We earned our Lead Company Commanders Pennant and also our Section Commanders Pennant which goes nicely with our Seamanship Pennant and our Colors. Due to our success we were granted on-base liberty, where we were able to decompress and process what we just went through these past 07 weeks.

          Most of our family members received a surprise call from us. For hours, ALFA Company had time to their selves, face timing with loved ones, having a good meal with shipmates, and even just sat outside in the back of the Harbor View restaurant looking out on the water watching the boats go through the harbor.

          The week also reminded us that we still need to be loud, fast and motivated, as we continue to make progress in our training. That is our mentality and we will continue to do it as we go into our final week and graduate on Friday earning the right to wear our uniforms with pride as we serve our country as Coastguardsmen in the United States Coast Guard. 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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