Hotel 193 Recruit Journal Week 06

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Hotel 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: August 2, 2016

Graduates: September 23, 2016

 

HOTEL-193

Week 06 Historian Summary

 

The rumor on the block is that at boot camp the days are long and the weeks go by fast. That statement is more true than E=MC2. This week was actually enjoyable. Everyone got a chance to fire a hand and personally I’m no James Bond. The defining moment of week 06 was earning our colors to our flag and gaining the respect of our Company Commanders who are beginning to treat us as non-rates rather than recruits. Early morning we woke up to push ups, crunches, squats and flutter kicks and headed out for a run. Unknowingly we ran to the waterfront and started doing pushups in the sand as crabs shuffled across my hands. We all wondered what we were being pushed so hard for. Shortly after standing back up Petty Officer Placencia presented Hotel-193’s colors. All of our tension and stress was abruptly vanished. Hotel-193 is officially noticed as a team by our Company Commanders. Our company came together and became a family. This was the biggest moment for us in recruit training because Petty Officer Placencia said we would not earn our colors until he seen us as practically Coastguardsman. Our Company Commanders have been teaching and singing sailor songs with us when we march and the pride in our voices could be heard in the Florida Keys. Graduation is creeping up on us and the anticipation is setting in. Week 06 also provided the opportunity to earn our On-base liberty that was much needed. Everyone got to contact their loved ones and although it was nice it made us miss them and want to see them immediately. We left our Spouses, our children and all of our family to serve this country that we love and better not only ourselves but this nation. We have been contacting our sponsors to our new duty stations and I find myself more nervous to report there than I was for basic training. Fear of the unknown is a legit phobia but we must have fate that everything happens for a reason and that this is going to be a life changing experience that will open doors for all of us in the future.

 

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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