Echo 190 Recruit Journal Week 03


Echo 190 Recruit Journal

Formed: July 29, 2014

Graduates: September 19, 2014


ECHO-190 Week 04 Journal

Week 03 accomplished. We made it through 03 weeks of training. Just think, 03 weeks ago, we made the transition from civilians into military recruits. We’re still working the kinks out, but I would say for each and every recruit, that is a pretty big accomplishment. Last Saturday we met our Company mentors. We heard firsthand accounts of what it’s like to be a Coast Guardsmen. For many recruits while we were in the presence of our mentors, this was a chance to decompress and acquire knowledge of what life in the Coast Guard would be like after boot camp. We were able to ask the mentor any burning question we might have had, and we did. We asked about Stations and Units. Week 03 started out fresh with a new bout of “Fire, Fire, Fire” drills. (ahh, just when you thought a case of the Monday’s couldn’t get any more worse, a shrill whistle from a jovial Petty Officer Martinez pounds the idea right out of your head.) ECHO-190 is still a junior company, but day by day, we gain more responsibility that makes us grow as a company. So Monday morning we went to chow, did a little incentive training, and then made way to the gym for survival float class. This class by far was the coolest thing ever. It was a nice little respite from the stress of simply being in the presence of our Company Commanders. Putting on the survival suits and then jumping into the pool filled each and every recruit with a sense of purpose as to why we are here. On Tuesday, we once again scrambled out of our racks and traveled the death defying distance to the deck to rush and put on our go-fasters and make our way to “Fire,Fire,Fire” formation. For some recruits, Monday night had been their first initial experience with RAMP. Recruit Aptitude and Motivation Program. Essentially, what RAMP is, is 02 straight hours of insane incentive training, where the RAMP Company Commanders test’s the constructs of each and every recruit’s mind. Thus to say the least, many recruits were still rebounding the entirety of Tuesday from the previous night. Overall, Tuesday was filled with classes that tested us on trying to stay awake. Wednesday morning was ceremonial time. Every recruit that had been selected for drill team, color guard, and band reported promptly at 0530 for try-outs. Out of 25 recruits, only 10 made the cut. Thursday we had an intense gym core workout that left every recruit sore beyond measure. Friday we had a few seamanship classes that were compacted and crushed into the minds. We learned a lot and know that the information we learn now will be valuable in the fleet. Saturday, we learned how to pilot a boat and be helmsmen. That was a new experience for every recruit because we were able to actively use the new skills we had just acquired on a simulator. Sunday, we had “Divine” hours or “stress” hours depending on whether you’re an optimist or pessimist. Overall, Echo-190 is looking for a good week 04.

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.