Hotel 197 Recruit Journal Week 05

Hotel 197 Recruit Journal

Formed: Mar 26, 2019

Graduates: May 17, 2019


What a week Hotel! Hotelians definitely were in a lot of trouble and if felt like a slow roast under a lot of pressure. The start of our eventful week with a double chief Snyder inspection. First was our uniform inspection then onto our squad bay. Chief Snyder investigated our uniforms so closely that he could probably hear our nervous heartbeats. Then our squad bays were inspected with a white glove and we didn’t come out unscathed. As the week progressed we learned about the coast guards long and storied history, travel entitlements and family benefits. Hotelians definitely got some learning in between sweating. On Thursday we learned about flotation suits called mustangs named after the brand that makes the suits and what to do if the ship you’re on sinks and you’re in the water. Imagine floating on a large orange pillow that makes you look like the Michelin man. That’s what being in a mustang feels like with no way to move in the water except on your back. Last week we had to put our dream sheet in with were we wanted to go, this week we learned our fate. Friday we went to the auditorium and got called on stage and told were we are heading to for our foreseeable future. Some Hotelians were happy others not so much, but it seemed fun for our company commanders to heckle the Hotelians. The culmination of the day were phone calls home it seems like ages since we used a phone and talked to the real world outside of Cape May. To most that phone call home was the highlight of the week. It got real emotional in Healy hall. The week ended with something a little unusual but very exciting being the second senior company on the regiment, Hotelians were invited to attend the commencement of the Coast Guard Enlisted Memorial for fallen coast guard heroes. It was quite the event everyone from the top admirals WW 2 Veterans, sponsors, the master chief petty officer of the coast guard (the most senior enlisted person in the coast guard) and the Commandant (the most senior officer) were in attendance. It was an experience us Hotelians will never forget. What a week for us! We are definitely tired and went to bed with one big dream graduation and out next units. Week 06 will be so much easier and funs.



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.