Hotel 195 Recruit Journal Week 05


Hotel 195 Recruit Journal

Formed: Oct 24, 2017

Graduates: December 15, 2017

Week 05 Summary

Hotel-195 has another week under their belts and this one was something special. The intensity level of training ramped up as we endured search and rescue week as well as a uniform inspection. Operation Fireside and the long anticipated announcement of our orders made it all worth it.


Search and Rescue week somehow made wakeups even more hectic. We were given 15 minutes to shave, brush our chompers, change into our uniforms and boondockers, and arrive at the galley for chow. The second our names were called at morning muster it tuned in to a mad dash to get squared away for the day. Shave checks meant that it wasn’t just turbo beards growers who had to worry about sloppy shaves. The first few days we were a certified mess but by Friday, we were on point.


At our uniform inspection on Monday, we felt like we were marching to our own funeral. We stood in open ranks while e Chief Milligan critiqued us from head to toe pointing out each and every flaw. The only sound in the room besides the Chief’s remarks was the thuds of our hearts beating out of our chests. Once it ended we marched back to our squad bay uncertain of our exact score but confident that it wasn’t great. Chief Brugioni told us it was a 55 out of 60 and that she was putting it on her fridge. Sweet Victory!


Operation Fireside was a resounding success and gave Hotel the chance to eat turkey, drink Dr. Pepper, watch football and connect with you, our beloved boot camp blog readers. Thanks to the kindness of the greater Cape May Community, we got a day away from the fund and games of basic training; an unintended benefit of basic training is that chaotic finishes of Mario kart races seem a little more manageable. As we returned to the regiment we shared our days with each other in excited whispers.


Saturday was the day that we’ve been waiting weeks for. The day that we’d finally receive our orders. After leaping over logs and traversing rope obstacles on the confidence course we filed into our unused squad bay, dubbed the Play Room. As special guest burst into the room with a sea bag full of our orders, but of course we had to earn them first. In groups of 10 we earned our orders by holding mattresses overhead and were allowed to read them to the company. Sector Hawaii, “Station Vacation”. CGC Douglas Munro in Kodak Alaska, “I hoped you asked for that”. “Buoy Tender in Bayonne, “That’s just up the road. You can come back and visit.”


With 03 weeks left, were starting to see the light. Now it’s up to us to decide how easy were going to make those last weeks on ourselves.


For Hotel-195

SR 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.