Hotel 198 Recruit Journal Week 07

International Maritime Signal Flag Hotel

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

It’s hard to wrap our watchcovers around the fact that we’ve been here for almost two months. But yet here we stand. Our backs a little straighter, our heads a little higher. Every building on the Regiment echos our cadences off its walls as we pass by, like thunder snapping in a lightning storm.

Week 07 started with a tasty treat. The always creative historians mentioned in the daily summary book how Hotel 198 would kill for a venti chocolate chip mocha frappe with about 10 shots of expresso in it. And how sitting through a full day of classes, running off about 06 hours of sleep without the soothing buzz of good old caffeine sliding down our gullets is the definition of an intense Incentive Training session. Petty Officer Burrus read it out loud to the Company and authorized coffee from that day forward. Sunday afternoon was quite the adventure.

The Company went on their first off base run around Cape May. Or should I say slightly off paced jog. Trying to get 60 plus recruits to double time in formation for 03 miles was a little bit of a challenge while staying in step and screaming cadences. Nonetheless Hotel represented with pride and loudness every step of the way, Having all four Company Commanders run with us was without a doubt a treat as well. Turns out singing cadences and lets just say some… well some people were born to sing and some definitely weren’t.

Classes, Classes, Classes. Week 07 was full of them, you’d think we had signed up for college. The seamanship final rolled around and most shipmates rocked it. Shipmate Verzosa won the Seamanship pennant! Congratulations Shipmate!

All the Males look spiffy now for all their loved ones out there reading. Good Old Uncle Sam provided us with fresh haircuts (High and Tights). We wear the fade around the regiment almost like a badge of honor. Little boys have become men.

Once project “boys to men” was complete Hotel Company piled into the basketball court to find a bunch of petty officers standing around CPR dummies. Split into groups, we learned how to save drowning babies to the rhythm of “staying alive”. The classics really do save lives. Throughout the week Company Commanders would aim their yelling more towards sarcastic questions, allowing some of their humor to show. Chow time became more of an interrogation on what kind of jelly we were putting on our PB&J’s. Instead of required knowledge. “Mixed fruit instead of Grape? Yuck” said Petty Officer Krawczyk.

The dreaded final exams and close order drill test on Friday hit Hotel Company like a train. Belay my last, like a high speed Amtrak train with no brakes. We practiced daily but I guess the ominent presence of Chief Knapp struck fear into Hotel. We failed the first attempt and passed the second. After we tackled the Confidence Course similar to how they do it in American Ninja Warrior.

This week all of our Company Commanders debriefed. What an experience! Unless you’ve been training like we have from our four mentors for two months, you wouldn’t understand. Speaking with them about the crazy events of training was great. Seeing Petty Officer Kuhns crack a smile for the first time was amazing. Off base liberty was amazing!

Off base liberty was amazing! The people of Cape May gawked at us as if we were Superhero’s as we searched for sugar, and caffeine. Shipmate Stewart reported eating an entire pint of Ben and Jerry’s while relaxing! We all lived like Kings and Queens for those 12 hours. Just as the rising sun shines over the horizon, week 08 shines over Hotel. One day closer to graduation. One day closer to our loved ones!

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.

Graduation Program: Posted Thursday afternoon

Go to: 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. If you are looking for higher quality video products from your loved one’s graduation, you should contact VTS at 609-365-8889.

Tags: ,