Hotel 191 Recruit Journal Week 03


Hotel 191 Recruit Journal

Formed: May 5, 2015

Graduates: June 26, 2015


This was week 03. We are pushing. For the most part we can do most things all ourselves. It’s not so much the physical punishment with the exercises that scares us anymore; it’s disappointing our Company Commanders. We want to make them proud of us. Today (Saturday May 23rd), we clearly upset them. We returned to our squadbay and it was about as bad as it could be. They DESTROYED our racks, our head (bathroom), our gear locker, our closet. Basically, anything they could get their hands on was in the worse condition possible.

How tall is a seagull? I remember the ones back home being as big as a pigeon, maybe a foot tall at the most. The ones in Cape May are at least twice the size. I have to say while I was on the ward having my wisdom teeth removed; all I could see in the windows were the seagulls. I thought I saw an eagle but no, these are just militarized seagulls. They fly over us as we do incentive training like vultures. Just imagine that if you were us!

A whole lot more of us are going to RAMP (recruit aptitude and motivation program) next week for having dirty laundry in our rucksack. Even though some of us had clean laundry in our rucksack, if it’s not rolled up neatly it gives the impression that it is dirty, and perception is reality for our Company Commanders. We are starting week 04 on Monday (May 25th) and we can definitely see how things will tighten up here. Although, a lot of times were still unsure how to be better at everything we do. We kind of just take the punishment. Perfection is a key we don’t have yet…but we need it. We still have to figure out what we can. We aren’t sure what to expect in week 04. Some of us are certain shipmates will get reverted. Some think another company might be easier. We just try to make it as far as we can. To all the relatives, family, and friends of Hotel-191, you need to write us more letters! It definitely makes us happy to get them and motivates us as well. We wait everyday for very few things: breakfast, lunch, dinner, shower, letters, and sleep. Write more, we could use the push. It’s only harder from here, never easier. Sunday (May 24th), we wish we could do something more fun. All work and no play. Business all the time. We watched another company form this week. It seems like so long ago that it was us. We paid no attention. Just kept our “eyes in the boat.” Until next time…write more letters…Goodnight.


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.