Hotel 196 Recruit Journal Week 07

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Hotel 196 Recruit Journal

Formed: Jun 26, 2018

Graduates: Aug 17, 2018


Graduation Program: Posted Thursday afternoon: Week 7 Blog

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This week the curtains were pulled back on our basic training. We received valuable insight on some of the most challenging aspects of our time in Cape May. We all collectively realized we received exactly what we had asked for. One of the most intimidating people on the regiment, Master Chief Wadley reiterated how hard the team worked to give us what we asked for. That was to transform us from civilians into proud military members. The process of taking us from civilian to fleet ready members was not an easy task, but the company commanders were willing.


On Monday we heard a final mayday call. We were able to hear exactly how fast a ship can sink and why it’s so important for us to always move with a sense of urgency. We also wrapped up Seamanship class, finishing with a practical that we will use in the fleet. Our high final exam scores earned us another pennant for our beloved guidon.


This week we also began to feel that the training wheels were coming off. Shipmates commented that before they would never want to walk the regiment alone due to fear of messing up, but now felt like they knew what they were doing. We can now see the mistakes we previously made being repeated by the more junior companies. All of us used to be just like them and in some ways still are. At our units we will be the new guys and it will be important to remember the lessons we learned in recruit training. We need to know our role, be prepared to lead, be positive, and trust in the people who are training us.


After the final we completed our last big test in boot camp, which was our close order drill and manual of arms test. This not only showed what we learned but how we had changed from individuals into a team. We did well and earned our off base liberty, yet another trial to show that we were truly ready to be members of the Coast Guard. Going out into public representing our service showed that we could handle the responsibility the uniform carries. Additionally coming back and being able to return to training demonstrated that we had finally taken the lessons we were given and learned them fully.


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.