Hotel 194 Recruit Journal Week 05

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Hotel 194 Recruit Journal

Formed: March 28, 2017

Graduates: May 19, 2017

 

What a week this has been for Hotel company. It’s incredible the change we witnessed from the dawn of this week to the closing of this week. Our company pulled a 180 this week and went from complete and utter disaster, to boot camp masters. We have seen so many trials and tribulations, and have used these experiences to grow into stronger recruits and a stronger company. Through our various trails this past week we lost many of our friends, and shipmates to reversion. The official losses for Hotel now stand at 29.

 

There’s no nice way of describing how our week began, so let’s just call it a face plant. Things deteriorated quickly when several of our shipmates got caught making fun of Petty Officer Lora, a Company Commander, in the head. After that ordeal, disaster ensued. We lost every single privilege we gained, and all respect from our own Company Commanders. We were completely shamed and had to walk around the regiment without cadence and with our hands in our pockets. We also had to tape of the words U.S. Coast Guard on our blouses. Then came the Incentive Training which lived up to its name. This was not exactly the way we wanted to start Week 05.

 

Over the next couple of days our shipmates began to drop out of our company like flies. They left for various reasons, some failed probation, others couldn’t meet the physical criteria, and a couple left for violating our core values. It is disheartening to see our shipmates, friends, and allies leave our company. On reversion was particularly unnerving for everyone in our company. One of our shipmates took a cookie and he knew all too well we could not have desert. When he was reported and Petty Officer Taylor confronted him about what happened, he lied. His lie was divulged very quickly and he received an automatic reversion. In one moment of fear and dishonesty he earned himself another week at Training Center Cape May. I hope it was a good cookie.

 

I almost forgot to mention that this week was Search and Rescue Week. Search and Rescue Week is a week designed to test a company’s sense of urgency, speed, and precision. We had nearly impossible time constraints placed on us and they seemed almost impossible, but by the end of the week not a single recruit was late to formation. Our company is starting to run like a well oiled machine.

 

I have never seen such great looking people until I witnessed Hotel trying on and receiving our dress uniforms. We looked very dapper in that ensemble. This was also a turning point in our week, where we had the opportunity to march ourselves around the regiment. We are always weary when we march unaccompanied around our regiment, because you never know when a Company Commander may appear. I have a theory that Cape May is riddled with underground tunnels that allow our Company Commanders to traverse the regiment while remaining unseen by recruits.

 

The day we have all been waiting for finally came! We received our orders and now know where the Coast Guard will take us next. It felt almost too early to get this news, as if no time had passed, but here we are. Our Company Commanders took the liberty of putting together a humorous slide show to fill us in on our orders. Needless to say, it made keeping our military bearing rather difficult. As we went through the list we found some shipmates were thrilled with their orders and could not wait, and other shipmates were less than happy. We also found out how much our company commanders love to give out undesired orders.

 

Hotel made a great contribution to the American Red Cross while donating blood. This was adventitious because after we gave blood we couldn’t intensive train, so we got out of sweat for a night. Then we got a much needed visit from our company mentor Admiral Bell, who did our confidence course alongside side us. Mrs. Bell, the Admiral’s wife, also tagged along and tried out the obstacles on the challenge course. The company was amazed to see Mrs. Bell rocking it on the confidence course and doing better than some recruits. Our mentors answered some of our valuable questions on what to expect in our futures with the Coast Guard. They also passed out a bag of mints which I swear was infused with the nectar of the gods, or perhaps it’s the fact that we have gone so long without any sweats. To us, this was the ultimate act of kindness.

 

This week was all about coming together. Our company’s ability to collaborate and work together led us out of the rut we were in. We now have our colors displayed on the bulkhead of our quarter deck. The colors that we so desperately desire to carry are so close that we can taste them. Now we begin our transition from a junior company to a senior company, and a particularly good senior company (no bias). Despite being the greatest/best company on this entire regiment, we still have tons to accomplish. We look ahead and anticipate growing and learning. The greatest weeks of boot camp are right in front of us. We will have the opportunity to work with firearms, earn our colors, and so much more. The time we have here in Cape May is dwindling and we are getting ready to join the fleet. We have made it to the home stretch and just have to keep on, keeping on.

 

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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