Hotel 197 Recruit Journal Week 02


Hotel 197 Recruit Journal

Formed: Mar 26, 2019

Graduates: May 17, 2019


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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Week 02 for Hotel-197 was one wild ride. There was a lot of sweat, some tears, and blood (nose bleeds). The first day was more than Hotel can handle. Getting picked up by our Company Commanders was a day we will never forget. From there it was game on. The week was comprised of sweating, classes, and sweating again. Courtesy of our company commanders we learned more and more ways to pay for our mistakes. One of our favorites was what we like to call “baggage claim” where we pack all of our belongings into our sea bags and pass them around for what seems like hours. As the week went on we thought it would get better. It didn’t! Class after class of Coast Guard knowledge like rates and ranks and addressing personnel while trying to stay awake from the lack of sleep. Our still maturing brains trying to soak up as much information as we could. Info was getting thrown at us like the teacher was Tom Brady in the Super bowl. Wednesday is where it starting getting really bad. It was like Christmas for our Company Commanders. They seemed overly excited to bring us to the armory so we could pick up our “pieces”, a 5lb plastic M-16. This amazing “Gift” was actually the worst thing to happen to Hotel. It’s hard to imagine a 5lb plastic M-16 can bring so much pain by just holding it in “Sniper position”. At this point in time you can almost consider ourselves professional snipers. Chows at the galley are always insane. Company Commander are always yelling and asking us our required knowledge that most of us struggle with. We took our swim test that revealed who are the “Michael Phelps” of the company and who almost drowned like a rock just thrown into the water. The weekend, the weekend was the worst part of all. We had absolutely nothing on the schedule, but our Company Commanders are notorious for filling our “free time” with sweat. Long and terrible sessions of Sniper position while screaming at the tops of our lungs, maybe even coughed up one in the process. The days of week 2 went by like a snail in molasses. Most of Hotel-197 got sick, lost their voices, and felt like our limbs were about to fall off. There is a lesson learned each day. Hotel-197 has it rough right now but will surely push ourselves through to become future Coasties.


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.