Hotel 190 Recruit Journal Week 02


Hotel 190 Recruit Journal

Formed: August 19, 2014

Graduates: October 10, 2014

After sitting through hours of classes, acquiring all gear necessary for the 08 weeks of recruit training the shipmates of Hotel-190 arrived at TRACEN Cape May 19 August 2014. Company Commanders greeted them with stern enthusiasm that lasted through the weekend, where we were given a ton of paperwork to sign and were issued gear and our male shipmates got new stylish haircuts. But that was just the beginning. After meeting our Company Commanders, which wasn’t intimidating at all….Not! We packed our sea bags and like a herd of militarized turtles we marched to our new home at James hall. That was a little over two weeks ago, and since then we have been extremely busy. The Beginning of each day starts not with a calm or melodic alarm but a piercing blast of whistle and ” Fire Fire Fire” at which we all race outside through the fire escape to muster.

Some of our activities have included the much anticipated or even dreaded physical fitness test that weeded out recruits who were not ready to form with Hotel-190. Also, did we mention marching? Because that’s the only way to get around the regiment since the first day we were here. That first day we were a train wreck everyone was stepping on one another and no one was in step, since then we think we have gotten a hang of it and made great strides(sometimes in the wrong direction). We’ve also been learning a lot about being in the military, how to talk, walk, salute, and identify the different ranks of coastguardsmen.

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.