Hotel 198 Recruit Journal Week 04

International Maritime Signal Flag Hotel

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

 HOTEL 198 decided it was time to dictate our training. It’s been said by all the companies and individuals that have faced the challenge of Coast Guard Boot Camp, “Training doesn’t get easier; you get better.”

We have come far from forming week. HOTEL 198 has been chewed up and spit out like your grandpa’s favorite chewing tobacco. We have lost some and we have gained some, but still we press on, meal by meal, sweat session by sweat session. Petty Officer Sauers started our week with a class on colors, but don’t you think for a second that “class” here at TRACEN CAPE MAY is your typical talk and pass notes in high school fun time. No Sir! Backs straight! Feet at a 45 degree angle. Rucksack secured or it gets snatched up by a lurking Company Commander. Your shipmates listen with the relief that it wasn’t them as all contents of your rucksack are tossed on the deck like a shrimp boat dumping its catch.

No laughing, no joking, Recruit Training isn’t funny!

The sweat rolled down our backs for what seemed like an eternity early in the week. Petty Officer Kuhns said we need to stop feeding our little fungus friends because some shipmates fail to bathe. Failing to bathe is NOT authorized!

Speaking of failing, HOTEL 198 let down “Momma Bear” during our first Close Order Drill test. If you’ve never met our Lead Company Commander, Petty Officer Burrus, then “Momma Bear” is the closet relative example of her relationship with us. A teacher first; she is there to inflict knowledge, while the assistants are there to inflict pain. But get out of line and those claws come out and she’s chasing you through the forest and you’re so scared! All of a sudden a brown stain slides down the back of your trousers….

Week 04 was packed full of activities and learning; the days flew by! Eventually we passed our Close Order Drill test. This means that we can march ourselves around the regiment like big boys and girls. We donned firefighting gear (the full get up) and fought simulated fires in smoke filled rooms. HOTEL 198 finally received our military ID’s. Boy oh boy how some of us should have smiled. We all looked like death. Oh well, we will still get our discounts if we ever leave here! HOTEL 198 drew some MAJOR brownie points form the one and only Captain Felger. During chow, our pack watch greeted her with a proper salute. She bragged about us to our Company Commanders and Petty Officer Kuhns frowned because in his words, “Petty Officer Burrus says I have to put a collar on because you guys decided to start acting like Week 04 recruits and I can’t just sweat you to oblivion anymore.” The midterms were on Friday. The company did quite well scoring a 91% average. We are sure there is more sweat and obstacles to come. More trackers and pushups, more ups and downs. But for now, HOTEL 198 concludes Week 04. Hello Week 05!


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.

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