Hotel 191 Recruit Journal Week 06



Hotel 191 Recruit Journal

Formed: May 5, 2015

Graduates: June 26, 2015


Hotel-191-Week 06 Summary


By now either we’ve realized it or it’s going to catch us off guard later. We’re nearly there. We’ve mowed down the weeks, now our days are numbered until we are out of here. This week started off rough but we quickly got back on track. We refuse to let ourselves down. We had some interesting new classes, including a firefighting practical.

All of us keep telling one another “stay on your best, keep your head straight, and keep yourself on edge.” We don’t know what could happen. Coming up is the most fate deciding rack inspections, uniform inspections, close order drill inspections, and manual of arms inspections. We cannot afford to relax.

I, the company historian, forgot to mention the other day that a seagull took a crap on me…just right on me. Supposedly its good luck but most of my shipmates asked me if I was having a “crappy day.” I don’t think it’s been much luck for me though because for the most part everyone isn’t sick anymore, except for a couple people which include me. Makes it hard to sound off without wanting to cough up a lung but I’ll be fine…hopefully that seagull poop “luck” kicks in soon!

Saturday was definitely one of those days you look back on and think…wow, just wow. Not because we had on base liberty or because we talked on our cell phones to everyone who reads this at night. I mean of course we loved every second of it, having our phones back was blissful. Honestly, after I turned on my phone I had to remember how to use it! It also took about 05 minutes before my phone stopped going off with notifications. Some of us called our families, others called friends, and some called special loved ones…basically everyone we could think of! We told them absolutely everything we could about recruit training, anything that came to mind. Finally, we were able to spill EVERYTHING to whoever we wanted to talk since we got here! And to be completely honest, some of us also talked about some problems we had before boot camp, but… we’ve changed and those “problems” seem mostly insignificant now. I’m sure I can speak for most of my shipmates when I say things are much clearer now. Maybe this whole boot camp experience has been helping us with more than we thought. Perhaps it’s just the sweet relief of on base liberty. Whatever it is we definitely see ourselves differently now. Some of us even took pictures of ourselves and sent them to family and friends. We were told we look different and that we’ve changed a lot, for the better of course. This place may feel like torture some days but this is the military, this is NOT a job. The Coast Guard is a lifestyle that we’ve chosen to serve and protect.

Thank you to everyone who gave my shipmates feedback for the weekly summaries I’ve been writing. It means a lot that I’ve been doing my job well. Thank you to everyone for their love and support to Hotel-191. Watch us push, we’re almost done. Week 07 we are here. Business all the time! 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.