Hotel 196 Recruit Journal Week 02

Hotel 196 Recruit Journal

Formed: Jun 26, 2018

Graduates: Aug 17, 2018


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


To view the Graduation Live: Time: 1100 AM

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*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-196 is on to their third week and things are only getting harder. The pressure of our Company Commanders is getting Harder. Although nobody likes the intense drills and workouts, they certainly help with discipline. Petty Officer Wilderman, our Lead Company Commander, has really invested a lot of time and effort in order to help us meet his standards. We have learned plenty of Close order Drills and a lot about what the Coast Guard stands for. Petty Officer Wilderman takes a lot of pride in his company. Whenever we mess up, he gets super disappointed. The man wants Hotel Company to be the best on the Regiment, which is good because we know he will always push us to be better yet again, his standards are extremely high and that scares us because we know that if we do not get better we will be put on probation and possibly get “reverted”. Reversion is when you graduate a week later with a different company.

Our squad bays are infested with the Cape May crud, a respiratory infection caused from everyone coming together from around the country, bringing their germs. All of our shipmates are very homesick. Many cry when reading mail, and one cannot stop talking about missing his “Babysh” and his daughter. It makes it hard to concentrate but we are coming along. The food here is amazing. Although we have to shove it in our face, it definitely high quality. From what Hotel-196 used to be, a combination of High school graduates and people from the work force who want to help people in need. The company has come a long way from what it used to be. Bad habits are being broken and everyone is improving in one way or another. As for now, everyone is overwhelmed by the knowledge we are required to know. The company is still trying to figure out how to study with our limited free time. It is a shame the recruits cannot utilize time between taps and reveille. We might even be close to being in order, key word being close. However, that is the design of the beast. Boot camp is not easy by any means but the fact that the people we care about are sending us their support. It helps roll through the blows of recruit training.

SR Hernandez, A. J.

Hotel-196 Historian


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.