Recruit Journal Hotel 189: Week06

Recruit Journal Hotel 189: Week06
Formed: Dec. 17, 2013
Graduates: Feb. 7, 2014

International Maritime Signal Flag Hotel

International Maritime Signal Flag Hotel

I’m not quite sure how we are supposed to feel coming to the end of week 06. We are excited and nervous at the same time. There is no easy end in sight, nor should there be.

The real work is just now starting. This past week we officially became the senior company on the regiment. All eyes are definitely on HOTEL-189. We are learning quickly how to manage the pressure and perform like a Week 06 company. Although we are this far along in training, mistakes are still being made. After each mistake we are reminded of a motto that our company commanders have been repeating to us, “accidents kill people too”. We are realizing how critical every detail is and learning to treat every task as if a life depended on it. In the fleet, this is going to be a reality.
In Week 06, we had our firefighting practical, travel entitlements class, swim circuits, and last but not least, on-base liberty. Firefighting was a lot of fun for most of us, but a few of us felt that the fire gear was a little too claustrophobic. We started swim circuits this week and it has been a nice change from constantly cycling. Required knowledge testing was the major hurdle for our company this week. I’m sure many of you imagine a simple written or computer test. It’s not that cut and dry in recruit training. Required knowledge testing here means that we march out on the quarterdeck using proper drill and facing movements, stand before the company commanders with all the military bearing you have, and sound off the answers word for word as more questions come flying at you.

With these face to face interactions becoming more prevalent, many of us are finding more confidence. However, there is still a few of us who still can’t seem to find it. If you learn to be confident in recruit training early on you have already won half the battle. In order to earn our on base liberty this week, we had to catch up on required knowledge. Weapons basics, nautical terms, piece nomenclature, and shoulder boards – the list goes on and on. This testing has been a major point of stress for everyone. Most of the company finally passed, but everyone now understands just how important the required knowledge is. On base liberty went by just as fast as it arrived, quickly. It was very encouraging to have time to unwind and contact our loved ones.
As we move into week 07, we are going to need all the motivation we can muster. Physically, basic training is demanding, but even more so mentally. It’s time to focus and not get lazy. Week 07 is presenting itself as our greatest challenge and it’s not even here yet. We are in this to the end and whatever may come; we are preparing ourselves to push past what we think we can do. This is about excellence. Average is overrated.

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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