Hotel 190 Recruit Journal Week 04


Hotel 190 Recruit Journal

Formed: August 19, 2014

Graduates: October 10, 2014


The week began with the company splitting up for the first time and certain recruits put in charge of marching one half of the company around. Initially, this was disastrous…several badly timed close order drill calls left the company confused and zigzagging around the regiment; Sometimes in the grass, half on the curb, and once almost directly into the bay. By the end of the week, things are going a little more smoothly, Though we are still in need of practice. The split occurred so that half the company could march down to the armory for firearms training while the other half attended classes on commitment, morning and evening colors, and how to access the Coast Guards email and other online references. The next day the two groups swapped schedules. Everyone enjoyed the day at the armory learning how to handle, disassemble and fire the standard coast guard pistol, the SIG P229DAK. The class on colors resulted in 02 teams being selected to do morning and evening colors each day. Hotels responsibility for colors starts Monday of Week 05.


Wednesday the company was together again with classes on enlisted careers, housing and the physical fitness assessment in the afternoon. Most of the company passed and those that did not, reported to physical fitness enhancement at 0530. On Thursday the company had its knot tying and helmsman test. In the afternoon we filled out dream sheets and are now anxiously awaiting our orders to come in week 05. And finally on Friday there was the mid-term exam. It was a very busy week full of big days and of course interspersed between all the classes each day were generous portions of incentive training, gym weight lifting, bike workouts, track runs, circuit training and more bike workouts. With up to 03 gym workouts a day (not including the morning “fire,fire,fire”, and other earned incentive training sessions, hotel is definitely feeling fatigued and more importantly, low on clean PF gear. But we are progressing, each day the company is becoming more focused, less childish. Now when Hotel sees junior companies, we are able to see how far we’ve come and learned to deal with the stress. And yet, Hotel is still far from the goal, there is still a lot of learning ahead and a lot more unity still needed around our company in order to be able to act as a selfless whole. But I believe we are moving in the right direction. We are exactly at the halfway point, and we are starting, just slightly, to feel more like Coast Guardsmen. In the next 04 weeks, that feeling and confidence will only increase.

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.