Hotel 195 Recruit Journal Week 07

Hotel 195 Recruit Journal

Formed: Oct 24, 2017

Graduates: December 15, 2017

 

Graduation Program: Posted Thursday afternoon: Week 7 Blog

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

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Week 07 Historian Log

 

Greetings Chief Brugioni, Petty Officer Taylor, Petty Officer Lakose, and Petty Officer Burrus, I request to inform you that I have transcribed the Week 07 historian log below as per Petty Officer Taylor’s instructions.

 

Golf company is gone and Hotel-195 is finally the senior company on the regiment. We’ve been acting the part since Foxtrot left (go away Golf) but now we get to look it with our sweet high and tight haircuts and company colors which are decked out in achievement pennants.

We had been waiting for days to trade in our black and white “H” flag attached to our guidon for our proper colors so we could march around the regiment in style. The rumor on the regiment was that the price was paid in sweat so we eagerly anticipated any and every sweat session that came our way. On Tuesday, it seemed like our time had finally come. Every shipmate that was signed out of the company for extracurricular activities was recalled and we were ordered out onto the quarterdeck with full canteens. This had to be it. I had never seen shipmates hiding smiles like this on the way to a canteen session before.

“You guys really did it this time!” Commence sweating. “Say ‘Ruh Roh. What did we do?’ Over and over!” Cue Chanting with canteens held overhead. This HAD to be it. “You guys really stepped in it this time Hotel!” Doubt starts to creep in. Did we actually manage to mess this up? “Two recruits were overheard talking smack about the CC’s in the Gym, calling Petty Officer Lakose old. He isn’t that old! Tell us who it was!”. Crap. We blew it.

Canteens. Piece IT. Fire Fire Fire. Repeat.

Finally, we begun a long march to the beach in the dark where we all thought we were being marched into the ocean like we were promised on indoctrination weekend. There, under the moonlight with the waves crashing behind us, Chief Brugioni circled us around and asked us all why we came to Cape May. Answers ranged from making loved ones proud to self-improvement to providing for our families. Chief Brugioni told us that everything we said was why she joined too and there wasn’t a dry eye around. She turned us around and there stood our colors, illuminated by floodlights our CC’s had snuck in. We ran towards them and cast them high, chanting all the while. We never looked better than we did marching back to the regiment with sand in our boots, singing cadence, and carrying our colors for the first time.

Friday was our big test day as we had our final exam and Close Order Drill and Manual of arms inspections. The time spent with our noses buried in our study material paid off as every single recruit passed the final. MOA and COD were nerve racking but we passed with scores of 10/10 and 9/10 respectively. That was good enough to earn the Section Commander’s pennant, bringing our count to 7 total.

Off base liberty was another opportunity to gorge on pizza, wings, and junk food. Recruits napped and went to the cinema and Facetimed loved ones and enjoyed every last second of sweet freedom granted to them. Just one recruit made a poor decision. SR Shintaku ate a nickel sized portion of wasabi as a part of a deal that stipulated I mention it in this log. He hacked and coughed for 30 minutes after. Hope it was worth it shipmate. Getting out into the community and seeing firsthand the appreciation that they have for us was extremely humbling. Just seeing the reactions people had to seeing us walk into their stores and restaurants in uniform reassured us how great the Coast Guard is.

Here we stand, on the precipice of graduation in the sight of fresh faced recruits who fumble about and serve as a testament of how far we’ve come, and Company Commanders who have to search harder and harder for reasons to chew us out. Were not finished yet but we’ve come a long way. With all of the knowledge we have now, I don’t think any of us would want to do this again, but were all glad that we did it together.

For Senior Company Hotel-195

SR Garcia

 

Very Respectfully,

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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