Hotel 199 Recruit Journal Week 06

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


This entry marks the end of the famed “Search and Rescue” week. On its face, it seemed as if the level of difficulty this week presented would stem from the fast paced morning musters and short time windows to be in formation in full operational dress uniforms. It turns out those dreaded “Change in Change out” drills came in handy after all. In truth, most, if not all, would say that was probably the least challenging aspect this week. The true test came in the form of what actual search and rescue emphasizes the most: Attention to Detail.

Hotel-199 had reached the stage where certain infractions and oversights would no longer be tolerated. Being late to formation, unmade racks, and being ignorant of the “Plan of the Week”, amongst other things, all carried much stiffer penalties this week. At the root of all these violations lies a common denominator that is also stressed in the concept of search and rescue, and that is, as the old adage goes, failing to prepare is preparing to fail.

In that regard, Hotel-199 showed meaningful improvement and growth this week. We learned the importance of not only having our uniform and supporting materials squared away and ready to go, but also the importance of using our time constructively and realizing that every moment, in one way or another, can be used to make ourselves better. The motivation behind this transformation of sorts was not only the aforementioned consequences of falling short, but also, and perhaps more so, was the realization that more and more each day we were controlling the fate and direction of the company.

In other words, the company is becoming OURS. It’s safe to say Hotel-199 has reached a significant milestone, it seems all that is pretty much left is getting our colors and preparing to head out into the fleet and make the impact we have been training for.

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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