Hotel 192 Recruit Journal Week 02

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Hotel 192 Recruit Journal

Formed: December 8, 2015

Graduates: January 29, 2016

It has been 01 week and 04 days since the bus pulled out of the Philadelphia Airport, full of eager young men and women with no clue as to what was in store for them. The men and women on the bus were relaxed. They leaned against their seat backs, gazed out the windows, or spoke freely to those sitting next to them.

A note of tension struck the air as the bus pulled into US Coast Guard Training Center Cape May. Conversations stilled and the atmosphere grew thick with anticipation.

Too soon the bus came to a stop and immediately a Company Commander boarded. Those were the last fleeting seconds of peace the recruits of Company Hotel 192 would see for a long time.

Company Commanders do not talk loud or shout. They do not exactly scream either. Rather they project louder than stage actor’s wildest dreams. And in that moment they were “projecting” at the newly arrived recruits: “Get off the bus five minutes ago”. Welcome to Cape May.

The first 02 days were long but not terribly hard. Recruits became living pin cushions for doctors doling out every immunization known to man. They were weighed, x-rayed, poked, prodded and forced to fill out mountains of paperwork.

Finally, after 03 days of sitting idle, recruits were given their first challenge: the physical fitness test. Although the requirements seem basic and recruits knew to come prepared the fitness test was a harsh reality. Many recruits failed portions of the test. A handful failed multiple portions and were sent home. The recruits that passed were to become Company Hotel-192. In an official ceremony the remaining recruits were welcomed to Training Center Cape May by the Training Center’s Commanding Officer, Captain Prestidge. Hotel-192 was than introduced to their very own Company Commanders. The Company Commanders told Hotel-192 that success would be very simple: Do what you are told, when you are told, how you are told. Do not lie. Move fast, be loud and never look a Company Commander in the eye.

Of course nothing is ever that simple. On day 01 with the new Company Commanders’, recruits were given pages of notes on recruit Rules and Regulations. The rules state exactly how gear should be stowed, uniforms should be worn, and recruits may speak. Although it would take a photographic memory to recall all the rules, Hotel-192 was immediately held accountable to them. Thus recruits were introduced to a new concept: Incentive Training. This is basically a physical punishment for breaking the rules, such as your classic pushups or the more inventive method of holding a heavy book out in front of you while reading the definition of discipline.

Hotel recruits are definitely learning the definition of discipline. Company Commanders have high standards. Coast Guard men and women must be able to move fast and speak over the sound of engines or waves in an emergency. They must be able to think and act under pressure.

Hotel has been under immense pressure since their arrival. They are working to be better faster and stronger, to learn their required knowledge and come together as a team. Whether the hold up under the pressure remains to be seen, but they know the rewards will also be immense.

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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