Hotel 199 Recruit Journal Week 04

Formed: September 15, 2020
Graduates:  November 06, 2020

This has been a very busy week for Hotel-199. We have sweat (A LOT), had classes and tried to relax as much as possible in between all of the arduous activities we’ve endured. Well, as relaxed as you can get at Boot Camp. This was the first full week that our company commanders could “smoke” us, and they took full advantage of that. We’ve held water bottles over our heads for what feels like hours, done core exercises until our abs were screaming, and done various other strenuous activities. Some of our most repeated mistakes, and therefore, the main reason for our sweat sessions are: not being fast enough, not being loud enough and not paying attention to detail.

If Hotel-199 wants a more relaxed training atmosphere, we need to get better at all three. Even though it may seem like it, we actually do not get smoked 24/7. Over this week we have taken a multitude of classes that will serve us well once we join the fleet. The subjects range anywhere from suicide awareness and prevention to grooming standards. Class time, while informative and interesting, is also a nice break from our Company Commanders screaming. Of course, we still have to keep military bearing and use proper recruit communications. As we’ve been reminded many times “this isn’t high school”.

Along with our core classes, we have taken a couple of specialty classes if you will. The first one was where we had the chance to fill out a dream sheet. On this sheet we put our top four regions and if we want to be assigned to an ashore or afloat billet. Many of us requested to go back home, but there are a few who seem set on seeing the world. There was also a surprising large number of us who don’t want to be stationed on a cutter. Hopefully they realize this is a seagoing service!

Speaking of that, we took our swim test this week. The test consisted of a jump off of an 8 foot tall platform, a 100 meter swim, and five minutes of treading water. Many of us passed, but don’t worry about those who didn’t because they are in remedial swim and will be up to the standard in no time. Hotel-199 was also able to meet our company mentor, Master Chief Ingham on Saturday. During this time we were able to relax a bit, laugh for the first time in what feels like forever, and learn what it really is like out in the fleet.

With one real week down and only four more to go, Hotel-199 is excited to continue our journey through Boot Camp. All we have to do is follow our Company’s unofficial motto “Louder, Faster, Nothing else matters!” And we will be just fine… or at least we hope so.

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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