Hotel 192 Recruit Journal Week 03

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Hotel 192 Recruit Journal

Formed: December 8, 2015

Graduates: January 29, 2016

 

Another week in paradise, Hotel company had a very dynamic week. There was a lot of pain, but surprisingly there were moments of joy as well. After the stress of week 02 recruits felt worn out. Many were unsure if they wanted to continue with the training. Then on Monday Hotel was given an unexpected and blissful reprieve. The class was called survival, and it was meant to simulate falling overboard in cold harsh conditions. However, the pool was warm and peaceful, and most recruits simply floated off to a happier place. Of course peace and happiness cannot last in boot camp. Monday night marked the first night of recruit aptitude motivational program (RAMP). This is a special program for recruits who have made poor choices or are struggling with the core values of honor, respect, and devotion to duty. Basically it is two hours of intense exercise. Recruits return motivated to get their acts together because they never want to get sent to RAMP again. Getting ones act together is much easier said than done. Many recruits are still struggling with all of the rules and regulations, and now Hotel company had begun to be drilled on all the material that we have learned in class. Hotel is a company in transitioning, and recruits are cramming to learn their required knowledge. They are to learn and follow the rules, and develop new systems of organization to be more efficient. Recruits are struggling mentally to adapt to the military culture that allows no excuses. This is no easy battle, and it is natural for recruits to feel stressed, homesick, and to doubt their ability to succeed. Luckily this week hotel company was blessed with some extra inspiration. On Christmas Eve, recruits all received stockings and holiday cards sent from all over the United States. The cards were the first sign of appreciation for their efforts that recruits have seen since arriving at Cape May, and they truly helped to reinforce the company’s resolve. The real gift of the season was when recruits got to call home on Christmas day. Recruits were taken in by local families on Christmas day, fed, and showered with love. They got to call their families and share their experiences thus far at Cape May. Returning to TRACEN Cape May on Christmas night was almost more difficult than arriving on the first night of training. Recruits had time to let their guard down. To relax, and be reminded of everything they were missing at home. Self-preservation usually dictates running away from fire, yet the recruit returning to Training Center Cape May were throwing themselves right back in. Such a crazy act seems to defy reason, but in reality this act was defined by reason. Talking to loved ones is a means of fortifying the spirit. Over the course of Christmas day, as recruits received encouragement and faith from their families, they were able to see through the daily stress of training and reconnect with the reason why they joined the Coast Guard in the first place. This became their reason for returning to base, and their foundation to help them withstand another week in training.

 

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.

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