Hotel 198 Recruit Journal Week 03

Formed: December 17, 2019
Graduates: February 07, 2020

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The week is concluding. Another one in the books for H-198. From recruits having the crud to getting smoked, we made it. That’s not all though, H-198 has hit the books and the gym as well. We met our very own Seamanship instructor, DC1 Four. A man of many tales and wiser because of them. He lets no time be wasted for anyone. Though stern as he is, he is a good teacher. Knots, lines, nautical terms, you learn them all! H-198 learned Manual of Arms from BM1 Krawczyk and OS1 Kuhns. “One step, two step, three step, SWEAT!”

ME2 Burrus introduced our mentors to teach us about the life in the Coast Guard. We learned a lot about our rights, obligations and responsibilities. H-198 grew in size as well; hopefully this means more wisdom. Hitting the gym also boosted our morale. It is a little break to focus on some “good” sweat. (See, there is good sweat) We have learned a lot; hang in there H-198! Almost is ALMOST. Almost doesn’t mean less sweating though. ME2 Burrus told us she would bring out new tools from her tool belt of learning, and she did. We received our “Pieces”, but that wasn’t ME2 Burrus’ only gift. On the way back, she had devised a plan on how to handle the wreck that H-198 was. “Want to march like brainless penguins and embarrass me??? UP DOWN OUT IN POSITION TAKE!” The groans of recruits is probably like the elixir of immortality for ME2 Burrus. The ground trembled below the might of her boots. H-198, be weary. One second a teacher with all the answers, the next, like the same teacher but this teacher is a trained and certified slaying machine. And trust me, she is angry with us….

Finally we have our own HS2 Sauers. Being a Health Services Technician, HS2 Sauers is focused on making sure we are in top shape by burning off any excess calories. “Back to feeling weak, Hotel? Come to the fun bay with your seabag. I got the thing for it! Shoulders feeling weak, Hotel?” HS2 Sauers will get you strong with some canteens. In her spare time, HS2 Sauers collects the tears off of your snibbling E-1 by saying, “WOOWWWWWWW” to our pitiful attempts at required knowledge. If sarcasm could kill, all companies within range of that “WRONG” would perish.
With the new year came a new week. Now H-198 is heading to Week 04. What awaits them? Who knows, but good luck H-198 (faster, louder, faster, louder).

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.