Hotel 197 Recruit Journal Week 06

Hotel 197 Recruit Journal

Formed: Mar 26, 2019

Graduates: May 17, 2019

Week 06 crashed into Hotelians like a giant wave. It all started with a Sunday fun day. It was mostly fun for the Company Commanders though with a surprise uniform inspection. The inspection was unexpected but we were not upset because earlier that day we participated in the off-base cadence run. We were excited because this time we were the lead company for the run. A major surprise this week was the trip off base to the shooting range. Hotelians are pretty good shooters. We scored a percentage high enough that we received another pennant. This was a double win because after the pennet victory our lead company commander allowed us access to desserts at chow which to us looks like a sugar buffet! On the ride back home from the range Hotelians pulled up to Sexton hall and felt like we were in week 01 again. Why? Well, same bus, it’s cold and dark outside and a Tuesday night and there were 5 company commanders waiting outside of the building. They were waiting for Kilo Company to arrive. Hotelian sat still in their seats while a company commander rushed onto the bus and started screaming like it was the end of the world. Hotelians did not lose their posture or military bearing and yelled back. The company commander stopped, looked around, and said “Not our bus” and left. Hotelians were shocked but were happily satisficed they were not scared like on that first night and laughed on the inside about the mix up. Hotel rounded out their week by passing their PF assessment with everyone hitting the qualifying standard. We also stood watch for Golf Company’s graduation and worked the Coast Guard Day Festival (who thought you would be asked to supervise children and paint faces at boot camp). We can also now march around the regiment with our red and while Hotel flag, adorned with our pennants, singing cadences, because we earned our company colors. It feels like a scene out of full metal jacket sometimes. Hotel has definitely had its fair share of ups and downs but getting our colors after an hour long hike with our sea bags is something none of us will ever forget. The pure joy and excitement that radiated from Hotel-197 as we danced and cheered around our colors lit up the dark Cape May night. We finished up our week with on-base liberty. Hotel-197 finally had unlimited access to junk food and more importantly our cell phones. It was heartwarming to see all of Hotel-197 talk to loved ones and family as we experienced our first real free time in almost 6 weeks. As the sun sets on week 06 Hotel-197 can see the finish line but we can’t let up. We have to finish strong for ourselves, our loved ones, and the Regiment!


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.