Hotel 195 Recruit Journal Week 03

Hotel 195 Recruit Journal

Formed: Oct 24, 2017

Graduates: December 15, 2017


It has been a busy week for Hotel-195. We have begun our practical instruction, scrambled our squad bays, performed dozens of “fire drills”, and even had a mystery. The tone for the week was set on Sunday. An unknown, Beyonce loving recruit, was heard singing in the male squad bay and refused to reveal himself when ordered to. In response, our Company Commanders had us unpack our meticulously organized racks and reassigned every last one of us. All of the chemistry we had begun to develop with our rack mates was undone and we had to start anew. The rest of that evening was spent holding full canteens and our m-16 pieces in front of us while Destiny’s Child played over and over again.


Much of the week was spent at seamanship class where Hotel-195 learned the basics of knot tying and ship navigation. The classroom environment is a welcome relief from the chaos of our living quarters. The best part about seamanship class is the long march over which takes us right up to the local harbor. Civilian and Coast Guard ships alike float about the sapphire waters and inspire us to dream of our lives 05 weeks from now.


There are now two companies junior to Hotel-195. Both India-195 and Juliet-195 provide us with glimpses of what we looked like a fortnight ago. We still are not quite loud enough to satisfy our Company Commanders, but we have grown louder and lost the shocked expression stuck to the faces of indoctrination weekend recruits.


Advancement through training means more interactions with senior training staff and on Wednesday, our Section Commander, Chief Samuels, and the Battalion Officer, LTJG Parocha, attended our mid-day meal to quiz us on our required knowledge and subsequently chew us out for not having mastered it. On Friday, Chief Samuels popped in for a surprise rack inspection and was dissatisfied to say the least. He will be coming in again sometime this week to conduct inspections and will do so in a stricter manner.


This looming threat forced us to organize our squad bays and assign cleaning duties all around. After finally developing a plan, our squad bays were scrambled again. With probations and rephasal being legitimate threats this week, Hotel-195 will need to gel together quickly to meet the high expectations that have been set for us.


On a side note, chow at the galley is actually really good. The sunrises and sunsets are spectacular. The wind that whips in off the Atlantic is cold but we are dressed warmly enough. Our Company Commanders grind us daily, but morale remains high.


For Hote-195,

Seaman Recruit Garcia


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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