Hotel 196 Recruit Journal Week 03

Hotel 196 Recruit Journal

Formed: Jun 26, 2018

Graduates: Aug 17, 2018



Week Ø3 of training has ended and it has been quite eventful. The first round of probation began, which is when certain recruits who are struggling get a red belt strapped around their waist. Those recruits receive more attention with daily rack, uniform, and backpack inspections. They are also asked more of their required knowledge. This is a Ø5 day program constructed to put intense amounts of pressure on the recruits in order to help them improve. If at the end of the week, the recruits do not improve, then they often get reverted or rephrased Ø1 week back in training. For Hotel-196, it is even more difficult because the only Company behind H-196 is India-196, which is Ø2 weeks behind in training. Therefore, any reversion or rephasal is automatic Ø2 weeks more in in training.

On a brighter note, we started our seamanship classes this week. We were taught basic knots we would need to use in our day-to-day lives out in the fleet. We also learned more about boats (Cutters) and the different types we will encounter throughout our careers. We all received out very own military IDs. It is quite tragic that the pictures were taken in the middle of Boot Camp when we all look beat and tired. It will serve as a reminder of what we went through in order to get that ID. For many of us ROCs (Record of Counseling) are piling up. Too many of those and you will get reverted or rephrased. We have received at least Ø8 reverted or rephased recruits from Golf-196 just this past week. All of them for different reason…It goes to show that reversions and rephasals are no joke and without a doubt we will be losing several original Hotel-196 recruits this week. Let us just hope for the best. Senior Company, Delta-196 Graduated this Friday and we got to march in the graduation. Just watching how squared away, loud and proud they were was inspiring to us all. We were also able to see the big crowd of families and Officers up in the stands. It allowed us all to witness what could in some weeks, happen to us. It was a motivational experience and I think it has made every single one of us want it that much more. With the start of week Ø4 around the corner, we can all just hope and Keep pushing.

SR Doering, V. M.

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.