Hotel 199 Recruit Journal Week 07

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

Week 07 was an eventful week to say the least. Although it certainly wasn’t as painful as some of the weeks prior (save for the day we earned our colors), it kept us just as busy, if not more busy, along with an added degree of realness. In other words, the things we’ve done this week- Marksmanship, learning CPR and first aid, officially signing our orders- makes everything feel all the more real.

Hotel-199 is beginning to feel like we are actually becoming Coast Guardsmen. This feeling is made greater by the fact that our capping ceremony officially authorized us to wear our U.S. Coast Guard ball covers. Though Hotel-199 is technically still a company of recruits, we are now held to a standard noticeably greater than that of the already high standards of “Recruit“. This increased level of responsibility and accountability can naturally bring with it a certain degree of stress, but what it also brings, more than that and anything else, is pride and confidence. We not only have the responsibility of representing the Coast Guard, we know we earned the honor of doing so through blood, sweat, and tears (perhaps a bit more emphasis on “sweat”).

Moreover, after earning our colors, losing them, and then earning them back again, we are now able to attach pennants to our guidon for all of the challenges Hotel-199 has been able to overcome. If nothing else, the pennants are a visual representation that our hard work is finally starting to pay off. That, and they look nice. Through the stress of manual of arms/close order drill tests, final exams, and physical fitness tests, what was able to help uplift our spirits this week was the introduction of cadence marching song diddies.

While Petty Officer Lacy has a tremendous singing voice, Chief Warren introduced what is likely the company’s favorite sea shanty, so it’s hard to pick between the two. Being able to contact love ones back home during on base liberty definitely gave Hotel-199 a reminder of why they are here, and it was just what we needed to get through these last few days.

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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