Alpha 197 Recruit Journal Week 06


Alpha 197 Recruit Journal

Formed: Dec 18, 2018

Graduates: Feb 08, 2019


Week 06 Summary


Dear Families of ALPHA-197,

Thank you. Thanks for being our support, our backbone when we thought we wouldn’t make it. Our battles aren’t over, but our motivation is stronger than ever tonight. Most of us had a chance to talk to you all tonight considering we got our phones back for on base liberty. Surely you have all heard the crazy stories from shipmates, but let’s recap the week. We battles through hours of intensive training to earn our colors; spoiler alert – we did. Full disclosure… we got them taken away less than 24 hours later. ALPHA got a little bit too comfortable, and our company commanders pulled us back down to earth fairly quickly.

Week 06 has been hard for us in a different way. Physically it was less demanding, but mentally, it was a challenge. It’s the beginning of the end. Most of us are trying to simply “square away our lives” as all of our Company Commanders love to reiterate. Looking back on Christmas night when we received our phones last most of us felt as if we hadn’t earned that privilege. At least not like the senior companies. We hadn’t. Chief Orlowicz told us today on base liberty was earned; not a right. Like most things in life, we had to earn it – together talk about team work families. We’ve never worked so hard for anything. Real talk… no one wakes up here thinking how awesome it is to be here (big surprise?), but we all go to sleep at night for something new we’re grateful for. We don’t train to memorize scripted tests, we train for the unexpected. We train for you guys back home, and those we hold near to our hearts.

Now that we officially earned our colors back ALPHA’s trying really hard to stay up there. Our confidence level is at an all-time high, especially when singing cadence. “Whoah Oh Oh, We are ALPHA Company!” We’re just letting the regiment know who’s coming up, no biggie. If there’s one word to describe this week, its gratitude. One, because this is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Two, because we made it this far! And three, because we’re finally getting paid! Not that we joined for the money, but it’s nice to know we won’t be starving or struggling to survive sailors.

This week we also went to the gun range and took our final physical fitness test, so for families back home… That means we have our manual of arms test, our close order drill test, and our final written test. The lasts test until we’re out of here. We learned this week… 01, being a minimalist is a must at boot camp, not a choice… 02, stay awake during class! 03, our Company Commanders actually have a sense of humor. We even saw them laugh and smile with us today. It was during our pugil stick fights when some of us were getting destroyed. Chief Orlowicz especially enjoyed giving us commands on how to get better knockouts against our opponents. Enough said… they enjoy our failures to a certain extent. It’s a new side of them, and it’s awesome not going to lie. 13 more days; 07 week here… we go. ALPHA out.




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.