Hotel 198 Recruit Journal Week 05

Another week in the books H-198! Many faces remain and some are gone the training process has trimmed the fat off our company, like some terrifying version of a slab of meat. Our week started fast pedal to the metal, getting ready to save babies, or something like that. We started off on the right foot (well left here since that’s the foot you step off with) and pulled off our breakfast times together, during Search and Rescue week where the name of the game is moving fast like a team.

H-198 then proceeded like the Hindenburg and crashed and burned at our first uniform inspection with the titans Chief Knapp and Master Chief Lawrence. Petty Officer Burrus yet again planned the demise of H-198. You know how a mother bear will eat her cub to survive if she has too? Well Petty Officer Burrus will eat her recruits if they annoy her and we were looking like buttered lobster. We also received a treat this week, dress uniforms! Time to look all spiffy or at least imagine it for now. A long with the adult clothes comes some adult things. We march ourselves most places now. So that must mean that we don’t look like absolute garbage. Polished garbage, yeah that sounds nice.

H-198 also had our survival gear swim test. The only time we simply mellowed and just floated, like little orange screaming marshmallow’s. Afterwards we had a friendly visit by our very own Section Commander, Chief Knapp. You see H-198 has this issue, we are just a teeny bit, what’s the word slow. You know what’s a quick life hack to make a company faster? Have your Section Commander scream at them like a metal band and that will do the trick.

The next day came Hotel survived and there was excitement in the air, even as Petty Officer Krawczyk screamed at a recruit demanding to know the prerequisites for baking a cake (the recruit joined to be a Culinary Specialist), and we only had one thing on our minds, ORDERS! Petty Officer Burrus set up a special moment for H-198. Receive orders to your station or cutter and go ring the bell. We really did get lucky with our Company Commanders. They’re tough alright, but fair. Even nice in some demented way. Recruits ran and rang, week 08 no longer seems that far away.

Along with orders came an interesting surprise, a MOA lesson from Petty Officer Kuhns, free of sweat (for some of us). Petty officer Kuhns trained H198, to the effect of a slow cadence explaining the importance of being one unit with one sound. What better way to end the week than the Hotel way though, sweating. End of week 05, week 06 here we come. H-198 out.

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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