Hotel 190 Recruit Journal Week 03


Hotel 190 Recruit Journal

Formed: August 19, 2014

Graduates: October 10, 2014

Week 03 here at Hotel-190’s home James Hall, kicks off with survival float training; The cool orange suits you see some coasties wearing? Yeah, those are basically giant clothing sized life rings used to keep fellow coastguardsmen safe if they fall overboard. After that exciting dip in the pool we were introduced to education options. The Montgomery G.I Bill and post 9/22 bill were explained and we got to pick how our future education benefits would work for us to suit our needs. We also learned more about coastguard history and the very much celebrated men and women that gave credit to the coast guard core values. From Douglas Munro to Joshua James both with halls bearing their names here at Cape May. Coast Guardsmen were saving lives before our noble service existed. From this history Hotel-190 was brought closer to the true scope and mission of the Coast Guard. From the real fun that began mid week 03, Hotel had their first deck seamanship class. Now seamanship is a conglomeration of skills everyone has to know before they get out into the fleet. From tying knots to manning the helm our helpful instructor us sure to get us in shape, if only we can stay awake in class. Between our hands on course load, the chow, and our constant sweat sessions. A surprise rucksack inspection put a little sweat on our brows as Hotel all collectively panicked about having our bags turned inside out in front of everyone. Ending the day, Hotel-190 are usually sore, tired, and asleep while still on our feet, but it’s a good feeling most of us have as we enter week 04. We’re starting to come together as a company and while things are moving fast our fellow shipmates keep us on our toes as well as our company commanders. Boot camp is a unique experience from hearing “Bad go-fasters, Bad Go fasters, Go faster go fasters,” at chow whenever a recruit is moving too slow and doesn’t know why, to being marched straight into buildings by our fellow shipmates (who were fired for good reasons from marching our formation), we cherish the small spots of rest we are given and push our selves back up ready to keep going on.

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.