Hotel 193 Recruit Journal Week 05


Hotel 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: August 2, 2016

Graduates: September 23, 2016



                                              Week 05 Historian Summary


I start off this entry by simply asking “How much do you take for granted?” Seriously, ask yourself that question. For us recruits it would be time. We miss doing nothing. We miss 20 minute showers, looking out portholes or windows as civilians call them. We miss driving even if we were stuck in rush hour traffic. Every recruit here in Hotel-193 misses getting to choose how to spend their time. However, before boot camp our yet-to-be-formed company did not have the sense on how to spend their time wisely. Today would be a good example on a well learned lesson on the use of time. Today we received a unique disciplinary punishment from Petty Officer Allen. We did nothing but stare at the bulkheads (walls) for a couple hours. In boot camp time is precious to the point it’s almost used as currency. When time is wasted we most certainly feel the burn. We had four hours this morning to do uniform maintenance which is a life time in recruit training. By the afternoon our uniforms looked terrible. To be honest most of H-193 took the time to study because of the confidence boost of receiving our orders to our first duty station. Anyway, what seemed like the easiest punishment in the world very quickly became the most embarrassing punishment. We could have been learning, cleaning, and organizing our racks. It was time wasted we will never get back. It made us realize what it means to utilize our time wisely. There’s not a single minute not being utilized by one of our Petty Officers. Every moment is used as a lesson in pain, education and very rarely, leisure. This week was special, not only did family and friends hear our voices for the first time in weeks. We also got our orders to our first unit. Entering week six we are going to be taught about travel entitlements, how to manage income what benefits our families are entitled to and being given advice on our orders by Master Chief Cale-Jones. H-193 is starting to make the move to full fledged members of the United States Coast Guard. We are excited and nervous with less than 03 weeks left. Anything can happen as our Petty Officers have increased the stakes dramatically. I wish I could put into words the intense bond H-193 has for each other and our Petty Officers. Even if I could it wouldn’t do any justice or even a good description of the whole picture. You would simple have to be here and a part of this amazing company from week 01- week 06 to feel the amount of nervous, eccentric and optimism we have for each other. Soon, family and friends we will be home not only as your sons and daughters but as the men and women of the United States Coast Guard wanting to fall back once again into the warm embrace of our loved ones that we love and miss so dearly.

SR Johnson, G.C. H-193

03 SEPT16




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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