Hotel 192 Recruit Journal Week 4

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Hotel 192 Recruit Journal

Formed: December 8, 2015

Graduates: January 29, 2016

 

Hotel Company is halfway through Basic Training, but the progress was hard won. Week 04 was a week of tests. First there were the regularly scheduled tests, such as Seamanship, the firing range, and the mid-term exam. Hotel 192 actually scored quite well on these and even earned a ribbon to hang with the Hotel colors for high mid-term marks.

Seamanship involved a simulation of taking the helm on a Cutter, followed by a knot tying practical. While the simulator seemed intimidating at first, Recruits quickly overcame their anxiety and took charge of the helm.

The firing range was an enjoyable experience for most recruits. The bus ride to the range was over an hour long, so Hotel Company took the opportunity to catch up on some studying. At the range many recruits fired a gun for the first time in their lives. While not enough recruits became firearm certified for Hotel Company to earn a range ribbon for colors, first-time shooters left the range satisfied with their progress and eager for the next opportunity to practice.

The other tests this week were not on the schedule, nor were they tests for which any recruit could study. They were mental tests, tests of recruit Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty, and of each recruit’s will to be in the Coast Guard. Many recruits were told by their recruiters that if one makes it through the first 03 weeks then Basic Training becomes easier. The reality is that the stakes are higher than ever. Expectations have been raised even higher, and recruits who once felt that their feet were on solid ground are now slipping into the quicksand.

This week in Hotel Company there were several recruits on probation. Being on probation is like a tsunami of pressure in the ocean of stress recruits live in. Probation recruits are quizzed on their knowledge at least three times a day. Their racks are inspected nightly, and every little mistake they make is scrutinized by the Company Commanders. Recruits that successfully hold up under the pressure pass their probation. A handful of recruits did not pass and were lost from the Company.

The farther along Hotel Company moves through Basic Training the more only recruits that are truly dedicated to serving in the United States Coast Guard remain. These recruits share a common dream which each day seems a little closer – the dream of serving out in the fleet. This week Hotel Company filled out their “Dream Sheets.” These sheets allow recruits to indicate what location and type of station or cutter they would most like to be posted. As the consequences for mistakes become more and more intense, many recruits feel the last 04 weeks of training looming before them. Filling out the Dream Sheets was a small but effective way to remind Hotel Company what they are working towards. Although the tunnel is long, recruits are beginning to see the first glimmer of light at the end.

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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5 Responses

  1. Crystal says:

    I have been looking forward to this journal entry. I am so proud of you Hotel 192 for earning that ribbon and working so hard towards being the best! I love you Matthew Callegari! Our babies miss you so much, As do I. We are rooting you on in the background. It’s the home stretch baby!

  2. Nakia Holy Eagle Welliver says:

    Love you son! So proud of you, All of you!!

  3. Mike O says:

    Hotel 192 we are with you. It will be worth it. You have learned to look out for your shipmates and more things than you realize right now. SR O’Connell we are proud of you and how you have grown.

  4. Kathleen Hill says:

    Hello Hotel 192…way to go…we are so proud of all of you….Phil Jackson once said good teams become great ones, when the members trust each other enough to surrender the me for the we.
    The boot camp finish line is within site!!!!
    Covering you all in prayer, every day..all day!

  5. momma bear says:

    Well done Hotel 192,keep up the hard work.