Hotel 195 Recruit Journal Week 04

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Hotel 195 Recruit Journal

Formed: Oct 24, 2017

Graduates: December 15, 2017

 

Busy, Busy, Busy! Another action packed week of basic training in scenic Cape May and HOTEL-195 was very “Jekyll and Hyde.” We experienced our first losses as a company as 5 of our 6 probation candidates failed; the lone survivor being the resilient SR Shintaku. The gunslinger from Guam shot down question after question that was thrown his way by the Company Commanders, proving that he belongs in Hotel Company. We learned how to take a “sea shower”; a 30 second circuit that can get an entire squad bay of 30 plus soaped up and changed out within 10 minutes. Don’t worry Mom and Dad, I promise it gets me clean.

The high of the week occurred on Thursday when Vice Admiral Stosz was on the regiment. For those of you unfamiliar with the Coast Guard chain of command, her name is the 4th from the top. We swept, scrubbed and swabbed the squad bays on the off chance that she might drop in. As luck would have it, she did and was accompanied by the Commanding Officer, Captain Gibbons and the Battalion Commander, Senior Chief Pace. With that much of our chain of command present, I think even our Company Commanders were sweating, but by some miracle, we pulled it off! Captain Gibbons called it “one of the cleaner squad bays I’ve seen” which is a gold medal in my eyes. Vice Admiral Stosz asked to see a recruit rack and one of our red belt probation recruits happened to have his open. He also happened to have just perfected it. Every fold on point and every item in place. It was truly a miracle. As a reward, Chief Brugioni unlocked coffee and hot cocoa in the galley. Expect Hotel to be marching around the regiment with some “zing” and “pep” the next week.

Okay, now for the downers. Being praised maybe got to our heads a little bit. Chief Brugioni called it the “Week 5 Dive”, a condition where recruits do something right, get an ounce of confidence, and proceed to forget all their training. That’s exactly what we did on Friday. No sense of urgency, unsatisfactory answers to our CC’s questions and an all around nose dive in performance. Petty Officer Taylor took us out with our pieces and had us squat press until we remembered that we’re at the bottom of the food chain here. We are getting better at being recruits, but we still have a long way to go. Until we fix the little things, we will hold canteens out, push the deck, and sweat.

 

Happy Thanksgiving. Save us some leftovers!

 

For HOTEL-195,

SR GARCIA

 

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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