Hotel 197 Recruit Journal Week 07

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

The live stream of the graduations are viewed by going to the training center’s Facebook page at


*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 07 is over already! Hotel-197 was so busy and had non-stop surprises this week. Hotelians met two new companies in one week. The first was Kilo-197 who we trained on the company jobs we are now experts in. Kilo was scared and full of random questions, just like Hotelians a long time ago. We also met Lima-197 at the famous yellow triangles as we watched them get off of the bus on Tuesday night. Watching the bus from far away was hilarious. Hotel could barely keep it together knowing for poor Lima it was just the beginning. Hotel finished very important classes this week. Seamanship is hard to excel at in a short period of time but Hotel managed to score 92 percent and get a new colorful pennant added to their guidon. They also took another test, the final close order drill and manual of arms assessment in front of their section commander Chief Snyder. Remember him? Yeah, that scary guy again. This time Hotelians stood their ground and knocked the test out of the park. This earned us another pennant from Chief Snyder himself. After this nothing could stop Hotel and we studied hard and passed the final with an over 92 percent average earning the third pennant for the week. Three more reasons to be loud and proud on the regiment. Hotel rounded out their week with doing the confidence course, which was an achievement in and of itself. We also got to fight each other with pugil sticks and had our best assessment yet off-base liberty. While most recruits see off-base liberty as a reward for hard work, it was actually a test to see if Hotel-197 could conduct themselves in public properly. It is definitely going to take some time to get use to walking around as a member of the United States Coast Guard. As far as we know there were no problems and we passed this test too. With our time in recruit training coming to a close Hotel is finally starting to see the end. We passed everything we needed to and even received our non-rate ball covers. It has been a long formative 07 weeks for Hotel-197 and we have all grown so much and gotten so close. Let’s finish out these last couple of days Hotel strong and get ready for the journey ahead.


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.