Hotel 190 Recruit Journal Week 06


Hotel 190 Recruit Journal

Formed: August 19, 2014

Graduates: October 10, 2014



Week 06

Historian Log Summary


Week 06 was another big week for Hotel and another good week as well, possibly even better than week 05. For the first few days of the week the company had many firefighting classes taught by our favorite instructor, Petty Officer Thompson. Due to safety and liability issues, the actual fires pretty much consisted of the equivalent of a gas stove top on the deck (floor) and a big flat screen TV with an image of a fire on it. Nonetheless the company did get experience in putting on all the firefighting gear, using a fire hose, and learning about fire extinguishing methods, and about the different classes of fire. Just don’t expect us to be prepared to put out any real fires yet, (unless it’s on the stovetop). It was just a good basic introduction.

Administrative classes this week consisted of “Travel Entitlements and Household Goods” and “overseas interview” for those stationed outside of the continental U.S.” Additionally we got our first “Administrative Time” in the Learning Resource Center on the computers in Munro Hall. We were able to research about our particular units and make contact with our sponsors at our units and there will be even more time to do that in the coming week. All these logistical preparations for arrival at our first units are just adding to the growing excitement and anticipation each recruit feels for their first duty station out in the fleet.

Another big event this week was the swapping out of our plastic toys for the real, high-fidelity (albeit demilitarized) M-16’s. These pieces will be utilized even more frequently next week as we started to do this week, in preparation for our Section Commander Close Order Drill and Manual of Arms test on Friday of week 07. The new pieces sound better when smacked and moved around during Manual of Arms, however the precision and timing of our movements as a whole will need to be greatly improved and tightened up in the next 06 days if we hope to earn a pennant from our Section Commander. As with everything else we’ve learned in boot camp, it does not matter if YOU are doing something correctly, it only matters if the WHOLE company is completing the mission and doing everything correctly. It only takes one person for the whole company to fail, and it takes every person foe the whole company to succeed. Teamwork is not simply a viable option among many in boot camp; it is the ONLY options for success.
Friday was a big day for the company in more ways than one. Starting from most important to least: just as on the Friday before, Hotel was authorized to turn off squaring their meals (which we realized was easier said than done [if you don’t know what “squaring meals” is, ask your coastie to demonstrate when he/she returns home on leave]). THIS Friday Hotel company heard the words we had all been waiting, hoping, praying for; we are authorized to drink coffee. The “Aye, Aye” in response to Petty Officer McCall practically, blew out the galley portholes (windows). The matter of lesser importance was that, as a senior company now, Hotel-190 had complete responsibility for graduation support for the graduating company. This included set-up, take-down, security, greeting, directing, and other responsibilities. With Foxtrot gone, that leaves only Golf ahead of us. Graduation all of a sudden feels almost upon us and as one of the most senior companies on the regiment now, you can HEAR the pride as we march past Mike company, Lima, or Kilo, and we sing at the top of our lungs to let the Regiment know who we are.


All this talk about class and admin is not to say that the physical part of training has lessened. Although the punishment training sessions are fewer and farther between, we still have scheduled workouts once or twice a day. For example, on Friday we did 50 meter swim sprints after lunch and in the evening did 400 meter track sprints for 03-04 miles followed by an 800 calorie bike workout Saturday morning. Additionally, although it was technically the last day of week 05, Last Sunday was our first off-base company run. We ran in-step at a fast cadence for about 03 miles through the streets of Cape May to the cheers of civilians and residents of Cape May, of course singing the whole way. Saturday gave the company a chance to march out to the bay and tour one of the 87’ Patrol Boats at port as well as some of the small boats there and the small boat station. The 210’ cutter at port was having maintenance done on it but we were able to look at it while our Lead Company Commander told us about his experience on a 210’ cutter, and then finally, at 1500 we were granted on-base liberty and were able to visit the exchange and the Harborview and talk to our parents, wives, husbands, girlfriends and all our loved ones until 2100. The time flew by, but it was a big motivation for everyone to finish strong and make our families proud. Graduation is 12 days away and Hotel-190 is driven and focused

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.