Hotel 192 Recruit Journal Week 05


Hotel 192 Recruit Journal

Formed: December 8, 2015

Graduates: January 29, 2016


Hotel- 192 Week 05 Summary

Week 05 has hit Hotel-192 hard. On Monday, it was like an ice cold bucket of water smacked us all in the face and left us frantic as we were invaded by Section Commaders who circled us as if they could smell the blood in the water. Without warning they screamed, POP YOUR RACKS! Our stomachs drop. No recruit wants to hear this from their Section Commanders. We Clinch our fists so tightly along our trouser seams at the postion of attention we soon forgwet what it felt like to have working fingers. The result of this rack inspection left several recruits with RAMP or Probation. Hotel-192 still presses on. Bootcamp has been like one big storm. We were swept up and thrown into a worldwind. Rough seas, gale force winds and razor sharp rain beat us sensless, but we press on. While this relentless pounding of the storm erodes us and wittles down our weak and tired bodies we must press on and stay the course. And finally just as we thought the night couldn’t get any darker, we see a shimmer of light. Our orders and duty assignments came in the form of a lighthouse which illuminated the way to a bit of hope. We now know where we are going and with our “why” acting as our ship sailing us thought this storm and with our brethern aboard, we will stay this course until the bitter end. Our duty assignments filled our sails and we are now gaining momentum. We conquered Training Center Cape May’s confidence course which only gained us more speed through the water. We worked individually to overcome the obstacle course and collectively, us shipmates, cheered and pushed one another through it and not to give up. We are truly riding high now. With Hotel-192 being one of the senior companies we moved out from James Hall to Healy Hall. However exciting this may be at the moment, this place is full of much fear and uncertainty and could shipwreck us and lay waste to our hull and smashed to bitts on the rocky shore if we are not careful. For now, we have visibility. We have the wind at our backs, but, there is an uneasy feeling amongst us. This wind that is carrying us whispers worries that we may not be smooth sailing. That we are not through the storm. Infact, it may be the complete opposite. We may actually be sailing through the eye of the storm with an illusion of smooth seas. Only time will tell.




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.