Hotel 193 Recruit Journal Week 02


Hotel 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: August 2, 2016

Graduates: September 23, 2016


Week 02 Historian Summary

“Oh boy! We are sure having a dandy time at week 02 in Cape May’s U.S. Coast Guards boot camp!” This is a statement that is uttered by no one ever who has been through this. This experience has literally changed my definition on what perspective is. Before boot camp I had it all figured out. I read the helmsman, watched movies on the coast guard, did 20 push up’s a day and did some light jogging in my hometown of Brooklyn, New York. I said to myself “Cool! It’s going to be laidback Navy-ish boarding school. I thought to myself “This is going to be so fun!” WRONG. I’m excited for the fun classes like weapons training, fire fighting and seamanship. I really wish I took more time to know the helmsman verbatim and to physically make myself impervious to any kind of physical work. It’s weird to look back on pre boot camp me and 02 week boot camp me and see the transition. As of right now my opinion on the food is that it is top notch. You’re going to learn the hard way just like everyone here how to eat with discipline. If you do everything the staff tells you to do you will wake up well rested. The recruits that are here at boot camp will be stressed out to the max. Do not worry there is every possible countermeasure here at Cape May to take care of every dental, mental health, heath and religious need. During week 01 I was shocked. The staff is insane. They have zero decency for us and are the meanest people in the world. However, at week 02 my perspective has changed. They need to stress us out because Coast guardsmen are always in stressful situations. It’s a stressful career of saving lives. If recruits crumble under stress they are not ready and need more time to meet the 03 core coast guard values of honor, respect and devotion to duty. Do not worry family and friends at home. You are a part of the USCG family now and we take care of our own. In the words of our lead company Commander Petty Officer Placencia: “I don’t care who you were before this, I don’t care who you are now. I do care however about whom you are in the future. It takes once man to sink a ship, but it takes every single man aboard putting forth full effort to keep the ship afloat.” I’m not going to lie; my body aches, and I feel like trash. Everything except my eyeballs is painful to move. When graduation comes you will know us. You will not recognize us but you will be in complete awe,  and have humbleness and respect for the people we have become. The people we are becoming at this very moment.

Seaman Recruit Johnson G.C. 1Aug16   Week 02 H-193 Company Cape May USCG Boot Camp



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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