Hotel 197 Recruit Journal Week 03


Hotel 197 Recruit Journal

Formed: Mar 26, 2019

Graduates: May 17, 2019


Well this has just been another week for Hotel-197. Just joking. Every week in this scary place is an adventure that I’m sure no one wants to relive. This week was way better than the previous week. Hotel-197 is starting to come together like a construction site with no workers. This week we started marching ourselves around the regiment and it was an utter disaster. Marching unit leaders were consistently being screamed out by CCs for calling movements incorrectly or late. The company would be marching in the grass or going in the wrong direction. We almost marched right into the bay the other day (even though we already had our swim assessment). I guess the marching unit leader thought we just needed another dip. We have learned many valuable lessons though. For example, the construction cones are big ferocious beasts that can trick you and get you going in the direction.   We walk with a lot of fear heading to certain buildings but seamanship is not one of them. It was the light of our week. It was a time for us to relax just a little and learn things that we need to further our careers after basic training. We have a great instructor, he helps us learn basic seamanship skill such as tying knots. He also gives us a sense what the fleet will be like after we graduate. He encourages us like our company commanders but in a nicer way. We are also starting to realize that our company commanders are not just cruel people who love to see recruits in pain and dripping in sweat. Everything they do is for a reason and even though we hate every second of it, it is working. We realize that they are actually human beings, maybe not one, but the other two we are pretty sure about. We actually saw one of our most fierce Company Commanders smile the other day and our minds went out of the roof. We did not know they were even capable of showing emotions other than rage and anger. We know that they just want us to use our common sense, which Hotel-197 does not have. Chow has still been the boxing arena even when we are having a decent day. We are always guaranteed to get stopped and asked some of our required knowledge. Sometimes we make it so close to sitting down and just when we think we are safe you hear your name screamed across the galley. The stress from screaming makes it hard to spit out the information. Especially when the CCs are inches from our faces. We are almost half way there. As when continue into the later weeks of training more and more is demanded of us. If Hotel-197 keeps moving forward and meets the expectations our CCs training will go smoothly. If not more sweat and tears will be shed.


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.