Recruit Journal Hotel 189: Week 03

Recruit Journal Hotel 189: Week 03

Formed: Dec. 17, 2013

Graduates: Feb. 7, 2014


            There is no point in recruit training where you can say “It’s all downhill from here”. Some of us were naive enough to think this was around the middle of week 03. Coast Guard recruit training is nothing but a constant uphill battle. Blood, sweat, and tears help make us what we need to be as Coast Guardsman. Our Company Commanders are not backing down in any way; but if anything, they are turning up the heat. We began our required knowledge testing this week. The initial evolution proved to be a major fail for most of us. It’s not that we haven’t already memorized the information – the trick is, screaming it loud and proud with all the military bearing you can muster. We will learn eventually.

There were some beautiful moments this week.  It snowed on Thursday. Not surprisingly, we shoveled snow on every sidewalk and road on the regiment.  I think we enjoyed the new tasks. Our company also began Seamanship classes this week. Knot tying, helm commands, ship structure – we are learning it all. It has been difficult to stay alert and awake for most classes, but everyone is pretty excited for Seamanship.

            As a company, we are still learning how to act as a unit. We cannot survive here as individuals. If one of us is careless, we all suffer. This is crucial to recruit training because in the fleet the stakes are life and death.

            I think we have all come to the conclusion that Week 04 is going to very ROUGH.  Learning from our own mistakes and the mistakes of our shipmates is essential at this stage. The expectations for us are set higher every day.

            Hang in there Hotel-189. You have a hard road ahead.  Keep your eyes on the prize.


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.