Hotel 193 Recruit Journal Week 04

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Hotel 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: August 2, 2016

Graduates: September 23, 2016

 

HOTEL-193

Week 04 Historian Summary

The company known as Hotel-193 enters week 05 starting to realize how quickly the time is going. The marines have a unique bond amongst their branch that no matter where they are stationed or how bad the situation is they would still want to be amongst their brothers in arms. It may be farfetched but hotel-193 kind of feels like that. As I write this, it just hit me that Hotel Company has a month left in training and instead of being happy to leave hell I actually got a little sad. Week 04 has come to an end and it was extremely memorable for all of us. We took our midterms, had live fire firefighting practice, passed our physical test, classes on housing and allowances and put in our wish list for our orders we will receive hopefully this week. The fire fighting practical was quite the experience. Claustrophobia started to kick in for all of us. The midterm was not the best thing in the world but there are a couple things to make it worth it. We got to get off of our feet for once. Any time we have the opportunity to sit everyone cries tears of joy on the inside because we are always on the move or exercising in leather boots. Another good thing about the midterm is it’s a MID-term meaning we have survived half of this stressful journey. Day by day, meal by meal this experience is going by quickly and next thing we know we’ll be at our first duty station making a life for ourselves. I will miss the group of friends I made here at boot camp. I feel both happy that we have 04 weeks left and terrified at the same time. Thankfully, week 05 is where it picks up with the real applied knowledge that has been hyped for so long; weapons training in the range, actually seamanship training on a boat and even a class that teaches the proper language to use when on radio channels. We’re all doing the worst correction intensive training punishments ever. We’re all terrified of techno music especially the song “Tip-Toe” by Tiny Tim. They play songs for us during our “corrective discipline” sessions. Sadly, I’ve had 01-03 nightmares about that song. However, it’s effective. Other things that stood out this week are Petty Officer Lora handing out about a million performance trackers. These performance trackers help recruits know what they are doing wrong even though some of them seem ridiculous/hilarious like Petty Officer Allen handing one out to our shipmate for “having a face seizure” after they sneezed or when one girl lost her voice he told her to scream and she got a tracker for “impersonating a hawk”.  All of our Company Commanders have some kind of abnormal 180 degree vision that can see infractions 150 yards away. At the pace Petty Officer Lora is moving  I wouldn’t be surprised to call him Yeoman First Class Petty Officer Lora. In a room full of Company Commanders including Petty Officer Lora;  his integrity, devotion to his superiors, and his knowledge of rules and regulations would be more than enough to promote him to First Class. All in all, time is really catching up. Hotel-193 is finally working as a team. We will set a high standard so we can breathe from not doing so many discipline punishments. I believe it’s possible. However, next week I’ll probably be telling you guys about the new and improved extended punishments way better than this weeks. Stay tuned.

 

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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