Hotel 199 Recruit Journal Week 05

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

It has been a long, hard week for HOTEL-199. On Sunday it seemed as if we were finally going to start working as a collective unit, but by Monday that all disappeared. Maybe it was the rainy weather or maybe it was just a Monday mindset. Whatever the case may be, it cost us a lot of sweat with our pieces.

However the week wasn’t all bad, we started seamanship class! This is an opportunity for us to learn some of the basics of working on cutters or small boats. We have not been able to do any practical evolutions yet, but we are waiting excitedly for the moment that we can work on the mock ships.

Along with the classes, Hotel-199 had a scare on Wednesday. We were told to pack all of stuff and form it up outside. We marched over to where India-199 lives and moved into an empty squad bay. We sweat with them all evening and all we could think was “have we disappointed Chief Warren so badly that he reverted all of us?” It was terrifying, but luckily it was a mind game.

Speaking of mind games, we also received our orders, but in a very different format from the norm. Usually when a company gets their orders, it’s a time for a few jokes to slip from the CCs. Not for our company. We have not earned that right, so the list was just read in a very disappointing manner. We also have not had a chance to call home because we still can’t make time objectives. However by Saturday night our mood shifted due to a much needed and inspirational pep talk by Petty Officer Lacy.

After that we felt, as a company, that the ways we have been acting are not acceptable and need to change. Hopefully with that attitude in mind the next week will breeze by. (Ok, probably not, but hey, a company can dream)

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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