Hotel 189 Recruit Journal:Week 02

Hotel 189 Recruit Journal:Week 02
Formed: Dec. 17, 2013
Graduates: Feb. 7, 2013

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Hotel-189’s Week 02 is coming to an end. We had a busy week with training, the holiday break, and getting adjusted here at Cape May. Thankfully, on Sunday we received a few hours away from the yelling, drilling, and chaos to catch up on everything we will soon be getting tested on.
This week has been hard, both mentally and physically. We received our M16’s, but quickly learned about Piece Incentive Training. If we thought “Fire, Fire, Fire” was bad in week 01, we were completely unprepared for getting our pieces. This week we were supposed to be working on speed and sounding off, neither of which we are good at.
We had drills in which we completely changed into and out of our Operational Dress Uniform in timed intervals – we failed miserably. One of our only improvements, minor as it is, was in our marching. I’m not saying we’re good at marching, but for the most part we can stay in step together.
Christmas, however, was a much needed relief from the pressures of life in basic training. Local Coast Guard spouses sponsored a Christmas Eve Party and we were fortunate enough to leave base for Operation Fireside on Christmas Day. We called home, heard from our loved ones, enjoyed good food, and then headed back to reality. Besides the holidays, I think the best part of our week was getting to meet with our mentor and learn about all of the things we have to look forward to as we prepare to join the fleet.
As the next week starts, we prepare as much as possible for whatever will be thrown at us. Some of us are questioning whether or not this was the right decision. For some of us it is clearly the right decision. Truthfully, some might not make it. Most of us knew coming to Cape May would be hard, but I don’t think any one of us expected how mentally, emotionally, and physically taxing this program is. We have high standards set for our company, and finding the drive to not take the easy way out is the focus. Our Company Commanders are strict, but we are learning to trust them and see the lessons in the small tasks we are given. Hotel-189 has a long, hard journey before we reach the end. For now, we just have to make it past week 03.

Recruit Journal written by Seaman Recruit Carlie Clinton and Nicholas Docherty

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.