Hotel 193 Recruit Journal Week 03

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Hotel 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: August 2, 2016

Graduates: September 23, 2016

 

HOTEL-193

Week 03 Historian Summary

As week 03 comes to a close, my fellow shipmates and I are starting to get a handle on the recruit life. I have to point out that the staff here at Cape May breaks us down to our lowest point mentally and physically (but with good reason). You can’t build a strong house on a weak foundation. First, you need to build a great foundation from the ground up. Our Petty Officers here have “special tools” they utilize on us to square away each person’s individualism. From the outside looking in, it seems savage what we recruits have to go through. However, family and friends, you should not worry as I know personally that each intensive training exercise we do has a hidden lesson behind it. Our lead Company Commander Placencia and our Assistant Company Commanders Uitdenhowen, Lora and Allen are focused entirely on time. We change in and change out of our Operational Dress Uniforms in 65 seconds. It seems cruel but to petty officer Uitdenhowen if we can’t make that time and still have seconds to spare that is lives we have lost and time wasted. We all hate the sweaty feeling of changing in and out for over 30 minutes but we see the value. Petty officer Lora has us meet the objective of going outside over and over again to a specific spot in time. If we don’t make it we do it over and over again until H-193 looks like a long distance running team. I’m starting to realize H-193 is slowly starting to bond and work as a team to avoid the painful punishments/lessons. We started classes on seamanship and knot tying and it was a blast to be a part of. When we don’t make petty officer Allen mad with meeting his impossible but fair time objectives he rewards us with tips and hints on how to be the best company in Cape May. You can think of him as the good cop/ bad cop personality. Finally, our Lead Company Commander Petty Officer Placencia tells it like it is with no strings attached. He goes beyond the distance required to ensure H-193’s survival in the USCG’s shark tank also known as, boot camp. However, even though he has a limit on what recruits can and cannot get away with. Some recruits need more time than others to adapt to our new lives. Some may get reverted which is not bad it’s just a learning experience to try and try again. Willpower and devotion to duty is what saves lives. Team work is the only thing that can make our values invincible. It’s not about how fast or strong you are as a person. It’s about how fast and strong you are as a team. You are only as strong as your weakest link. The Coast Guard is about a team that comes together. Who are afraid of the unknown yet still go out to save as many lives as possible. We can’t do it by ourselves or individually but together we can do anything. We are becoming the team we need to be.

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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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