Hotel 190 Recruit Journal Week 05


Hotel 190 Recruit Journal

Formed: August 19, 2014

Graduates: October 10, 2014



Week 05 Blog Summary


Hotel 190’s most pivotal week so far began with classes at seamanship (right on the bay) and classes at Goff Hall (closer to the ocean) as well as the issuance of our dress uniforms at the Uniform Distribution Center at Dempsey Hall. These little excursions afforded the company a chance of scenery as well as some more prolonged marching sessions and cadence calling practice. But they were still nothing compared to the excursion to come later in the week…

The classes throughout the first few days of the week were on topics varying from Radio Procedures, Operational Risk Management, to Personal Flotation Devices, Flags and Pennants, and even Travel Entitlements. Of course each day was also supplemented with lots of running, resistance training, and still an occasional incentive training session; through certainly less frequent.

On Friday, the day everyone was waiting for finally came. Each Recruit received their orders from our Company Commanders and then announced them to the rest of the Company by ringing the bell outside on the regiment and shouting at the top of our lungs. It was a moment of intense excitement for every Recruit and a bonding moment for the Company as a whole as each Recruit felt joy and excitement for his/her shipmates.

Beginning Friday night, the Company began making phone calls home, hearing the voices of their loved ones for the first time in 05 weeks. Also, an exciting moment was being able to talk during noon chow on Friday to a host of senior enlisted Coast Guard members who were more than willing to answer questions and give advice to us during our lunch with them.

Saturday morning, immediately after chow at 0545, the Company marched off towards the ocean down a road Hotel had not yet traveled thus far. The journey took the Company for the first time, right onto the beach. With the waves crashing and the morning sun still young in the sky, our Lead Company Commander Petty Officer McCall introduced us to our new workplace; the ocean. He then led the Company through an incentive training session in the sand and when it was over, the Company about faced and turned our backs to the water… and that was when we saw it. There in the sand, 30 yards away was the Hotel Flag flapping in the wind and gleaming in the morning sun. We mob-rushed the flag, sprinted through the sand, and raised Hotel’s colors above our heads to the deafening cheers of the entire Company. We had moved from James Hall to Healy Hall the day before but were not expecting to get our colors for almost another week. For 05 weeks the Company had marched around with a plain white pennant with the letter “H” as our guidon, but now, (as we were told) Hotel had earned their colors and we marched with pride back to the Regiment, singing the whole way as we echoed our Company Commanders. We now sing cadence as we march around and it pumps up the Company immeasurably.

The Company then did the Confidence Course which, though challenging, was another big morale boost and a lot of fun. In the afternoon our Company Mentor, SKC Figueredo, answered question we had about our new units for 02 hours. All in all, it was a big day and a big week. Although we still have 03 weeks of training left, the pride that Hotel Company now feels makes us confident that we will continue to improve in the coming weeks and will soon graduate as smartly disciplined, physically fit, basically trained Coastguard men and women who embody the Coast Guard Core Values of Honor, Respect, and Devotion to Duty.

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.