Hotel 194 Recruit Journal Week 07


Hotel 194 Recruit Journal

Formed: March 28, 2017

Graduates: May 19, 2017


For Hotel 194 Graduation Program:  Will be posted on Thursday


Another week started off on the wrong foot. We got put on the grill and fried up like a cheap steak this past Sunday. During divine hours Chief Reid, the company commander from MIKE-194, paid us a visit. Chief Reid came bearing performance trackers and not cookies. She is not a very good neighbor. Petty Officer Taylor also caught people sitting on benches, out of uniform, and amazingly there are people that still can’t talk right. We managed to make Chief Kaseman, a Section Commander, mad and to punish us we had to intensive train with a junior company. It was a sad day for Hotel.


Following the havoc of Sunday we returned to our weekly schedule of attending various classes. We had a throwback to ninth grade gym class with some sexual education. Faces went completely red when they passed around models of male and female parts that we had to feel for tumors. Class got better with our First Aid/ Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation course. We learned how to treat major to minor injuries in emergency situations. They pulled out some creepy baby mannequins and human heads and torsos to practice on.


Some good news from this week as well! We aren’t fatties! I lost ten pounds when we weighed in, but I’m actually still kind of a fatty. Everyone in the company was within Coast Guard weight standards. Our healthy physiques earned us the privilege of getting to eat desert!!! I smashed down cookies all week in honor of our shipmate that just could not wait for this day. That shipmate stole a raisin cookie by the way. If your are planning on getting reverted for lying and eating desert, then may I suggest getting something good. The last land tortoise finally got into the water and passed their swim test, so we also got coffee. Tons of firsts this week.


The senior companies all had the opportunity to run in a five kilometer race to benefit the local Chief Petty Officer Association. Hotel company completely swept the competition and stole the top three slots. The first, second and third place winners we all members of Hotel. The reward was that we got to eat pizza, cookies, and drink soda before all the other companies. Again, if only that shipmate had waited for the cookie. This week was also the week that we received our first debriefs from Petty Officer Taylor and Petty Officer Karnya. They removed their masks for just a few minutes to show us the men underneath. They took time to answer our questions and even shared laughter with us. Who knew they the men that have acted like complete harpies for the past 07 weeks could be so cool? No debrief from the infamous Chief Orlowicz, but he did state he would give us one the Saturday after graduation. I think the company might consider staying behind just to hear that. The manual of arms and close order drill test also took place this week. We were tested on our ability to handle our weapons and marching by our Section Commander Chief Flickinger. We completely bombed the test but somehow managed to pass. I think it is because we came with a gift for Chief Flickinger. Smooth Hotel. Our company commanders gave us the stamp of approval when they handed us their pendant. Chief Orlowicz even attempted to compliment us by saying, “Your still suck Hotel, just not as bad.” That was the nicest thing he has ever said to us.


We got off base liberty which was a blast. We all traveled around the city of Cape May in a monsoon. There was not much to do, because all the rain. People mostly got hotel rooms and ate pizza. It was nice to feel normal again, even for just a short time.


Our last week has finally arrived and we will soon be reunited with our loved ones. The time is near for Hotel Company to join the fleet. The only question now is whether we are truly reading and I can tell you that the answer is most definitely YES!


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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