Hotel 194 Recruit Journal Week 06

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Hotel 194 Recruit Journal

Formed: March 28, 2017

Graduates: May 19, 2017

 

Left! Right! Left! Right! Marching was the understood theme of week 06, whether it was to class, in a festival, or practicing for manual of arms. It was the cornerstone of this week.

 

This week was smooth for us, minus the fire drill from Chief Orlowicz early Saturday morning. It had been so long since we had had one that we were sure it was for the new company that had moved in upstairs. It was not for them however, and we got to start off our day in the best recruit way with Incentive Training. Fortunately not all of our training was as intense and we had several workout opportunities with our company commanders. The company has grown to really enjoy our workouts and even looks forward to them. It is one of our favorite activities, unless you’re one of those people standing with two hands above your head (the international sign that you have to use the head) wanting to get out of a run. I’m a complete weakling and I don’t even try to skip out on work outs. They’re lazy or have the bladder of a small child.

 

The marching was a constant and has been the entire time, it just seems like we are doing a bit more lately. We march to train and for the pleasure of the people of Cape May. The citizens of Cape May are infatuated with The Coast Guard and the recruits here. It became more evident to us as we became exposed to them this week.

 

Our first off base run company run was this week. We ran all through Cape May and were cheered on by clapping townsfolk. Children rode their bikes alongside us as we sang cadence. It was truly touching to witness their adoration for our commitment to this country. We also had the opportunity to march in the Coast Guard Festival, every hour on the hour. The crowd snapped photos and took videos of us as if we had just returned from war. We definitely felt the love this week.

 

Some shipmates did not feel much anything at some point this week, because their entire face was numb. The time had come for wisdom teeth to come out. This place pulls teeth like The Fonz pulls chicks. There were many victims and casualties in the wisdom teeth war, but they did have some perks. They got a solid night’s sleep in the ward, and got to eat jello, pudding and ice-cream. They earned that treat though.

 

The company is well into training but some old and nasty habits remain. Hotel has an affinity for talking. The only thing that we really get punished for these days is talking. We got caught singing the song “I got two phones” this week by Chief Orlowicz. He let us proceed but altered the lyrics some and had us hold canteens. If you haven’t yet, you should definitely go buy Hotels hit single “I got two phones, we like to sing in the head” on iTunes. I promise you won’t regret it.

 

Another major milestone occurred this week as we received firearms training. This was very new for many of my shipmates, including myself, who have never shot a gun. Listening to the instructors was the most crucial part to achieving a desirable score of the marksmen test. It was also important to remember the safety concerns involved. We took a little field trip to the range and got the opportunity to apply what we had been learning. The goal was to achieve a pennant for our colors. Unfortunately not enough people qualified to receive the pennant. Basically a lot of people in our company couldn’t hit the broadside of a barn.

 

The close of this week was incredible and challenging. We got to earn our colors finally, which we have been anticipating for a long time now. Our company now gets to carry around our newest piece of swag throughout the regiment. To get there we had to sweat and that is exactly what we did. I’m talking puddles on the quarter deck. Canteens, pieces and mattresses were flying as we screamed our faces off. This was followed by an empowering speech and the passing of the responsibilities of a senior company. We have to always give it our all from here on out and never slack again. People are depending on us to do our job and do it effectively. Now we march on to week 07 and the hopes of graduating on time!

 

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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