Hotel 193 Recruit Journal Week 07

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Hotel 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: August 2, 2016

Graduates: September 23, 2016

Coast Guard Recruit Company Hotel 193 Graduation Program

 

Hotel 193 Week 07 Summary

 

This is the last Saturday night here at boot camp. I am so sad, nah I’m as happy as James Brown at the height of his career. It’s been a long road, but I’m ready to retire to a regular life with the fleet. I am dead serious when I say the USCG boot camp more than adequately prepares us to enter the fleet. The highlights of this week was passing our close order drill and manual of arms test on Friday, resulting in a 10 out of 10 in both, a score that is not normally achieved. We went to our off base liberty today feeling like we owned the world, and I’m pretty sure you can hear it in our voices when we got to call home again today. To be honest we thought at first we failed the all important final test as a company. Thanks to BM1 Uitdenhowens reverse psychology by telling us were going to fail and that we were “horrible Hotel, “ we desperately wanted to prove her wrong so we trained alongside YN2 Lora who was patient enough to put up with our mildly infuriating mistakes in our drill movements. YN2 Lora himself was sweating bullets alongside us during the test, and was surprised to see us get a perfect score. With 01 Week left it’s too early to say for sure all of us will graduate, but I know for sure this is probably the last entry to make it to the page from both SR Meir and myself SR Johnson. Hotel 193 has been influenced instrumentally when it comes to how we present ourselves morally, and as individuals. The Company Commanders also instilled in us a patriotic sense of duty to our country and our service. BM2 Allen is most likely the most patriotic Coast Guardsmen on the entire base. He’s one of those guys that you can see he enjoys his job and mentoring/pummeling recruits into line. With YN2 Lora, he may be brand new to being a Company Commander but the work it took to get us to a perfect score on the test on his first try is incredible. It’s as if EM1 Placencia told YN2 comeback with a perfect score or done come back at all. One thing I noticed about the uber scary BM1 Uitdenhowen is that I have never once seen her break her military bearing, not even in the personal squad bays or even when were alone from other Company Commanders. She is the anchor of our ship. BM1 is literally the most by the book dedicated CC I have ever witnessed. Godspeed to the recruits in her next company. Finally, we have EM1 Placencia, the Lead Company Commander of Hotel 193. The way he leads throughout these past few weeks is reminiscent of someone incredibly experienced who has been doing this for years. EM1 strikes the perfect balance between punisher and a father figure. Multiple times he puts his own credibility as a CC on the line, just to help recruits who were struggling in one way or another. It is Hotel 193 honest opinion that to us there is no better CC in Cape May than EM1. NO one except his assistants CC would ever get to see how he goes above and beyond what is needed by the company he leads. It is truly a great pleasure to say by this time next week I’ll be snoring in my own bed dreaming about my cutter and station. “It’s only 08 weeks, times flies by when you do something that brings purpose into your life.” Family and friends I am blissfully happy to state that we can’t wait to see you at our graduation. I speak on behalf of H-193, that we are indeed ready to serve our country with our deeply ingrained core values of Honor, Respect, and Devotion to Duty. Hotel will eternally be Semper Paratus.

 

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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