Hotel 192 Recruit Journal Week 07

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Hotel 192 Recruit Journal

Formed: December 8, 2015

Graduates: January 29, 2016

Coast Guard Recruit Company Hotel 192 Graduation Program

WEEK 07 SUMMARY

Our first snow fall and Hotel-192 is marching towards the beach. We were informed prior to leaving the barracks that we were going to earn Hotel’s colors. No one knew how exactly we would earn our colors but with the presence of all of our company commanders, the tone of their voices, and the look in their eyes we had to mentally prepare ourselves for what was to come. As each shipmate was strapping on their recruit foul weather Gortex as if it was armor and we were preparing for battle there were words of encouragement being said aloud. “This is it shipmates, this is when we get our colors, let’s do this, 100 percent”. It was loud in the squad bay but outside along the path to the beach there was silence. No words were spoken not even marching commands. The only sounds were heavy breathing and the sounds of our boondockers trekking through the snow. The silence was alarming; however, the sound that soon drowned out the silence was even more alarming. The snow is falling heavily now, there are a few inches accumulating on the sandy path and a distant sound comes into range. The sound resembles that of artillery fire in the distance. The trail that we are on seems like it will never end. It is getting harder to trek through the snow and sand. The loud crashes we heard in the distance are getting louder. We think to ourselves we must be close. Our hearts are screaming and the adrenaline flowing through us jacks our bodies up and prepares us for war. The cannon fire is all around us, we are surrounded by high dunes so we cannot see it but the explosions must be danger close. We make one last turn and the dunes break and then we see it! The Ocean! The surf crashing on the beach. We form up in a straight line facing the ocean. This is where we confronted our biggest opponent. We taste the life of the sea and our Company Commander speaks. His words resonate so powerfully inside us that they will forever be a part of us. We unveil the Hotel flag. This Event marks our proudest moment in boot camp thus far. The Hotel flag is symbolic to our identity. It is a representation of us as a unit; who we are. It is honoring our hard work and perseverance. We earned this.

Upon reflection, one can truly see the transformation undergone while at TRACEN Cape May. In just 08 weeks we have gone from civilian to a functioning recruit fully prepared to become a seaman or fireman apprentice ready to contribute and apply everything we have learned from training into the fleet. However, our time here has not only taught us how to succeed in the fleet, but how to succeed in our own personal lives. The Coast Guard core values instilled in us have become our own personal values. From the moment we stepped off the bus on day 01 we were held accountable for our actions. We became responsible not only for our actions but also our level of commitment. We were forced to first rely solely on ourselves and the strength of our “whys”. As training progressed we learned to rely on each other and as a result leaders and followers were formed, both equally important. We have learned a good leader is able to identify and align their personal values as well as the Coast Guard’s values and take the initiative to lead by example and complete the objective. A follower is someone who demonstrates allegiance to a person, doctrine or a cause. The leaders and followers shared cause is to complete boot camp. We became effective by our commitment and succeeded as a team. Not a single original member of Hotel-192 quit. Not one.

Hotel-192 is thankful to be wearing blue as have so many before us and we are proud to honor them.

 

Thankful for our Company Commanders and their dedication to forming ready recruits.

Thankful of our Shipmates who we all relied on.

Thankful for being Coast Guardsmen.

 

29JAN16 Mission Complete

Semper Paratus

The training is never over.

 

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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