Alpha 197 Recruit Journal Week 03


Alpha 197 Recruit Journal

Formed: Dec 18, 2018

Graduates: Feb 08, 2019



Graduation Program: Posted Thursday afternoon: Week 7 Blog

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Under the “Graduation Date” Tab you will be able to find the Graduation Program


To view the Graduation Live: Time: 1100 AM

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*It should be noted that the live streams are a courtesy and not a guarantee. There could be technical issues or resource availability issues that would interfere with the stream. The live streams are not intended to be high definition productions of the graduation ceremonies.


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Dear Readers,

Welcome to ALPHA-197’s week 03. Everything you’ve read online about week 02 and 03 being one of the hardest weeks here at Cape May… Well so far the internet is right. It’s not just a physical boot camp, it’s a lot of studying, but with little to no time to study. Think of it like you were giving a 14 year-old Monsters, Red Bulls, no sleep, and no time, tons of exercise and then give them tests that will determine their entire lives. There’s a lot of studying, breaking down bad habits and making new ones. It is probably the most challenging moment in all of our lives.

The stress is high with our Close Order Drill Test coming up, and midterms on Friday. We had an intense swim circuit this week, a lot of bike circuits which feels disgusting when you’re shipmates sweat is all over your bike. At the end of the day we’re all stronger for it. Compared to week 01, we’re doing well. We’ve had quite a few people leave due to illness, some reverted, some leaving for a variety of reasons. On top of that, the red probation belts were passed out this week, so all in all our mental state of mind is going haywire. ALPHA-197 has definitely had its ups and very low downs, but things are looking up for us today. We completed most of our time objectives, some minor hiccups, but little by little our Company Commanders are testing us, letting go of the leash around our necks (Figuratively not literally). It feels good. We got some juices today, and chocolate milk in the morning. It was like tasting freedom. ALPHA’s hoping to earn our flag with the “A” on it, so we can march around showing off with pride who we are. Our Lead Company Commander, Chief Orlowicz, said that if we do well with all our time objectives, absolutely no sand-bagging, COD and if we actually try then he might open up the coffee and tea. I looked around at our sleep-deprived hungry tired shipmates and all their eyes were popping out of their sockets at the sound “COFFEE!” It’s the ultimate motivation for a lot of people.

To summarize—we’re surviving! All hands present and accounted for. We’re learning more and more everyday on how to work as a team; more importantly as a shipmate. We all joined for a reason, and all of ALPHA yearns to see our families at graduation. Keep sending all your love, prayers, and letters! We need the motivation. Just know we all think of our families every day. We do this for ourselves, for our families, and for our country. Check-in to see how the ALPHA’s are doing next week. Week 04 here we come.


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.