Hotel 196 Recruit Journal Week 06

Hotel 196 Recruit Journal

Formed: Jun 26, 2018

Graduates: Aug 17, 2018




Our Assistant Company Commander, ME1 Jarman told us early in the week that as a company we are like a masterpiece painting, we don’t look good up close. However, when you take a step back, you are able to see how was have transformed as individuals and as a team. As a company we are all beginning to notice how far we have come when we see the struggles of new recruits. Just a few weeks ago we did not know how far we could go until we were pushed to that place. “It’s crazy how much longer and harder you can push yourself knowing lives depend on you.” said Shipmate Enke.


Our most triumphant moment this week took place after a long sweat session, described by shipmate Dilorenzo as, “The most amazing sweat session of our lives.” We were all tired and strained but our Lead Company Commander, GM1 Wilderman motivated us by saying “Could you do this for hour if lives depended on it?” We all screamed, “YES, Petty Officer Wilderman!” The echoes of our reply bounced off the walls, rang through the hallways and then fell silently onto our puddles of sweat on the quarterdeck. We could feel a change in the air and knew that our Company was about the change. Our Lead Company Commander spoke words of inspiration reminding us how far we’ve come, “I believe that!” “I believe you are ready to save lives!”

We were then told that we earned our company colors! We would no longer wave a generic “H” flag. From this day until our graduation we would march without read and white colors adorned with all the pennants that we could earn.


Shipmate Charles describes the intensity of the emotion we felt, “We were ecstatic because in that moment we weren’t friends anymore we were a team, we were a family, we became H-196.” As of today we have already earned pennants for our participation in a blood drive, high achievements on our midterm exam, and for our marksmanship scores. We named her Roxanne and she has her own rack where she rests for the day ahead.


Today was the 228th birthday of the U. S. Coast Guard and we celebrated by assisting with the Coast Guard day festivities. There was food, music, games, and a moon bounce/waterslide combo. The opportunity to enjoy ice cream and cake was not only delicious but satisfying. However, the most gratifying part was to see all the Coast Guard families celebrating and smiling. The triumph of earning our flag/colors was huge but the realization that we are almost a part of a bigger picture makes all the pain and sweat so worth it.


SR Davis, A. N.

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.