Hotel 195 Recruit Journal Week 06



Formed: Oct 24, 2017

Graduates: December 15, 2017



Graduation Program: Posted Thursday afternoon: Week 7 Blog

Go to:

Under the “Graduation Date” Tab you will be able to find the Graduation Program


To view the Graduation Live: Time: 1100 AM

The live stream of the graduations are viewed by going to the training center’s Facebook page at

*It should be noted that the live streams are a courtesy and not a guarantee. There could be technical issues or resource availability issues that would interfere with the stream. The live streams are not intended to be high definition productions of the graduation ceremonies.

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Hotel 195 Week 06 Summary

In the Helmsman, the pocket guide given to prospective recruits by recruiters, week 06 of training is described as being at a medium stress level. It is the first downgrade from high stress level and the text color even changes from red to yellow. Sounds easy right? Well not for Hotel. Due to the shenanigans we pulled this week, we had the stress level cranked back up to extreme.

This week marked our first time shooting live firearms in training. The nature of the training required smaller groups so we are divided into odd and even sides known as Port and Starboard and the Company spent most of the week spilt up. On Tuesday night while Port side shot at the range, Starboard self-destructed at chow and unleashed a world of hurt on the Company. I wasn’t there ( I am a proud port member), but it was described to me as an ambush. A swarm of CCs awaited the unsuspecting Starboard Squad who folded into the fetal positing when quizzed on their required knowledge. A chorus of stutters and stammers left our Section Commander unsatisfied. He knew he had to give us a wakeup call. This came in the form of a literal wakeup call on Wednesday when the Battalion Commander and two Section Commanders stormed our squad bay at 0530. Muster was done with full canteens over our heads and restarted every time a recruit took too long to respond. The Senior Chief and two Chiefs circled like sharks, throwing out red probation belts for even slight discrepancies. Not loud enough? Probations! Fists not held tight? Probation! Call Senior Chief Pace sir? Probation!

“Get your pieces and get outside. Fire, fire, fire! 120 seconds!” Gut check time. This would be the most important I.T. session of our lives. “Squats, begin! You’re squatting for your graduation date!” As we held our pieces out in front of our bodies and held our squats in the down position, it felt like the weight of the world was on our shoulders. The only thing keeping us going was knowing that just one second of rest could mean hitting the reset button on Week 06 of training. But we endured and after marching around the regiment, heads down and kicking rocks like Charlie Brown for the rest of the day, we slowly earned back the trust of our Company Commanders.

There was some good in all of the grief this week. Though still unconfirmed, we believe that we earned the Black Pennant for Marksmanship. (SR Shintaku is no longer the lone gunslinger)

We’ve begun to contact our units and make arrangements to move our Swedish furniture and cars across the country. Finally, we earned On Base Liberty and got to call all of you all while stuffing our faces with Snickers Bars and hot wings. We can all see how close we are to finishing this twisted game and getting out into the Fleet. Until then, we chow, chow, chow, chewy bar and persevere.


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.