Echo 190 Recruit Journal Week 02



Echo 190 Recruit Journal Week 02

Formed: July 29, 2014

Graduates: September 19, 2014


Echo Journal Week 02 Summary.

ECHO-190 is finally putting a grueling and exhausting week 02 in the books. If you could measure the sweat shed at the numerous incentive training sessions like rainfall, it would be measured in feet not inches. In fact, one many even say the quarterdeck was flooded with bodily fluids. From the time their Company Commanders last Friday, they have done nothing but perspire. The sound of the dreaded “Fire, Fire, Fire” drills into our ears almost painfully; the Company Commanders voices like the fists of Muhammad Ali. Every tool given to us becomes a new torture device, all at the hands of the terrifying Company Commanders, Petty Officer Matthews, Petty Officer Zamiello, and Petty Officer Martinez. Canteens, pens, Coast Guardsman Manuals, boots, uniforms, and the ever dreaded piece that is used to instill and drive the Coast Guard core values into our brains. Our bodies ache from overuse. Our ears ring at night with the sounds of “find some real estate”. Our blood runs thick as we cram as much water down our throats as possible, making the strongest attempt to stay hydrated in the blistering heat of Cape May. Now that we have taken Rates and Ranks Class, Company Commanders prowl like hungry lions, waiting to tear us apart at even the slightest mistakes we make upon greeting them. Classes are our only escape from this hell we call Coast Guard boot camp, because chances are, if you are not in class, you are being slayed by the beast we like to call Petty Officer Matthews. We have attended classes on topics anywhere from suicide prevention to spinning, and swim. Every day is full of unwelcome surprises. We were relieved to have Chaplain McGraw come in and shed some light into our squad on Wednesday. We laughed over corny “knock, knock” and one liner jokes and he updated us on pointless but comforting current events, as well as answered our questions, many of which were worry-some. Of course afterwards, Petty Officer Martinez looked for any and every reason to discomfort us. None of us are really sure which Company Commander is more terrifying. Petty Officer Zamiello’s voice could break windows, and her shrill words rip through our ears sending shivers down our backbones. Petty Officer Martinez is similar to an evil form of the Incredible Hulk, knocking down anything and everything in his path. But Petty Officer Matthews is the ultimate evil mastermind, equivalent to a Titan, the Joker, and Dexter all in one. One could say that ECHO-190 is shaking in our shoes for what he has planned, and the tortures we will endure.

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.