Echo 190 Recruit Journal – Week 04



Echo 190 Recruit Journal

Formed: July 29, 2014

Graduates: September 19, 2014

”If you are going through hell, keep going” – Winston Churchill. The recruits of E-190 have certainly taken this quote to heart. We have now made it to the halfway point here at Training Center Cape May. We have exponentially grown since leaving the safety and luxury of civilian life. Though we still fail, we still learn. Success can only be achieved through failure, and the recruits of E-190 know this. To put it succinctly, E-190 has been slowly aging in a keg, so that when the Company Commanders finally pop the keg, they can kick back and relax knowing they have masterfully crafted a true Coast Guardsmen. Every recruit in E-190 will tell you that all we have heard from the very get go of basic training is that as you progress through recruit training, it gets easier. This, however, is completely untrue, it only gets harder from here on out. Once you leave the confines of week 04, the punishments only become more severe. E-190 has found this out the hard way this week. Many recruits have been assigned red belts meaning they are on performance probation. Thus scarlet belt is much like a scarlet letter, meaning you are an instant target once you dawn the red belt. Every day at chow, these unlucky few are tortured with required knowledge questions, they also participate in the nightly probation routine; where not only are they quizzed, but every other aspect is measured including racks and uniforms. For all recruits of E-190, fear finally grasped them when we lost some recruits to reversion this week. Yes, it was a wakeup call. We have gained 20-plus recruits from Delta company because of reversions during week 03. But it really hit close to home when we lost some fellow recruits we started this whole ordeal with. Reversion in itself is not bad, it just means you require another week here at Cape May to fix the issue that got you reverted in the first place. The recruits of E-190 will persevere, as week 04 comes to a close each and every recruit knows what they must do to survive the next four weeks. To lighten the mood, let me take you on a walk through each fabulous day of the week. On Monday, the company split up into 02 groups. One group went to the armory and the other had some classes taught by the company commanders. On Tuesday, the groups swapped. At the armory we got to shoot on the range simulator and E-190 performed remarkably. We had two recruits who almost shot perfect scores. On Wednesday, we took the physical fitness test and were taunted with coffee and desserts at the galley if we all passed. Needless to say, We didn’t get any coffee or desserts. Thursday was a very big day. The day we got to pick our dream sheet. This was by far no simple task for any recruit; he or she would have the chance to choose their destiny for the next few years of their lives. This decision would also affect the lives of family members, friends, and anyone who loved this recruit. So it was a pretty big deal. Friday, we took our mid-term. This week was hard, but it only gets harder from here.


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.