Hotel 196 Recruit Journal Week 05


Hotel 196 Recruit Journal

Formed: Jun 26, 2018

Graduates: Aug 17, 2018



Week 05 Summary

“The week 05 Dive” is complacency, ego, or what some people called in high school, senior-itis. So much happened this week and it’s important that all the lessons learned are retained and used to propel us towards graduation and then into the fleet. Now is not the time for us to relax, but to reflect.

A few lessons from week 05:

-During a class on mitigating risk our instructor told us “making mistakes helps contribute to better future judgement.” Don’t make week 01 mistakes in week 05. Observe your shipmates that are doing pushups on the deck and screaming their faces off, learn from them. Always be inspection ready. No detail is too small to create a big mistake.

-The privileges we earn come from hard work, but we are owes nothing. So many people have come before us. They saved live, spent time away from their families, and certainly felt the same self-doubt about their abilities. Getting our assignments, uniforms, discussing graduation plans, and sending invitations are all small steps towards filling really big shoes.

-No matter where our next assignment is, we will be open minded and optimistic. We will trust our organization and follow the path laid before us, even if we hoped for Florida, but ended up with Alaska. No matter where the station we will be Semper Paratus.

-When we look at challenges like a gigantic obstacle course, we have to realize we are capable of much more than we thought. We have all grown individually and as a team. Today we are able to push ourselves and each other and achieve something that weeks ago seemed impossible.

-We have become a unit, team and family. Our success now is based on our actions, us moving as one and working together. We have pass the halfway mark and now with boosted morale we can conquer the remaining time together.

This week was Search and Rescue week that required 0530 wake ups followed by 10 minutes to complete morning muster, get dressed, brush teeth, shave, and then run to the galley in time for 0545 chow. We spent more time in preparation for our fitness test, rack inspections by the Section Commander, fitting and dress uniform distribution, graduation rehearsal, assignments, mentor meeting, blood drive, and a successful completion of the confidence course!


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.