Hotel 191 Recruit Journal Week 07

Hotel 191 Recruit Journal

Formed: May 5, 2015

Graduates: June 26, 2015

Hotel-191 Week 07 Summary


Saturday we had off base liberty. We felt as though we were no longer recruits. People could see us. Anywhere we went eyes were on us in admiration. Ok, maybe some were glaring but still, people were watching and we looked good. Saturday was amazing. People thanked us for serving and even saluted us. We also went to the movies, ate locally, and rode amusement park rides in Wildwood. We used our cell phones as much as possible Saturday too, without breaking any of the rules of course. Not only did we represent the Hotel-191 well, but also the Coast Guard.

In my eyes, I believe Hotel-191’s transformation is done. We show honor, respect, and devotion to duty. Tears will not flow on graduation day…at least they better not. Military bearing will be kept at all times! This place is one of a kind! Lastly, I leave you with a few quotes from my Hotel-191 shipmates:


“Almost every day I want to beat every single one of my shipmates for the dumb things they do, BUT they are my shipmates and I would do anything for them. They are my brothers and sisters and I care about them more than anything.” –SR Barnes


“We came in and we dreaded waking up every day for the longest time. Separated from our families we had to grow stronger than ever before with our new family. We’ve pushed each other and find ourselves here, at the top of the regiment and ready for the fleet.” –SR Bahena Santana


“YOU HAVE 10 SECONDS TO GET OFF THE BUS AND YOU ALREADY WASTED 05! Up down, up down, push the earth! Shipmates, hurry up shipmates! From the rough times to the great times we are a team. I love my shipmates and value their trust. Thank you to our Company Commanders and the “not normal” Hotel-191” –SR Crowton


“It’s incredible to think we started as a group of individuals who were excited to join the Coast Guard and then forced to come together despite our family situations, backgrounds, beliefs, and cultural differences. As we went along we quickly became a team. A team that turned into a machine that wouldn’t, couldn’t, and refused to break no matter what happened to us. I’ll be the first to go battle with them with personal problems or in our nation’s defense. I LOVE THEM!” –SR Gilmartin


“Though this may have been a challenging experience, it has been even more rewarding. Friday during pugil stick bouts, I found that I have become much better at processing my opponents and finding out their weaknesses. Having made 03 “kill shots” and taking none, I felt proud of my new fighting skills. Maybe I can pay my older brother now for all the years of brotherly harassment. Hotel-191 has become a second family to all of us, but we can’t wait to graduate. Thanks to all the families who sent letters, they are great morale boosters. See you all Friday!” –SR Griggs


“Hotel-191 has tenacity unmatched. We bump heads with each other and get under each other’s skin often, but when we channel our ferocity and passion to the task at hand we become something far mightier. We Become louder…we become something “not normal.”” –SR Sreenan


“Perpetual frustration.” –SR Graham


“I am Sisyphus and boot camp is my boulder.” –SR Reeves


“It’s just 11 weeks.” – SR Cullen

Coast Guard Recruit Company Hotel 191 Graduation Program


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.