Echo 190 Recruit Journal – Week 05





Echo 190 Recruit Journal

Formed: July 29, 2014

Graduates: September 19, 2014


“Search and rescue week” has finally come to a close and Echo Company would tell you the entirety of week 05 was just about as spontaneous as real life search and rescue. Essentially “search and rescue (SAR) week” here at Training Center Cape May means that each and every recruit needs to be faster than ever thought possible, this way Echo Company can be successful. This past Monday was a big event for Echo Company because we had a uniform inspection by one of the Section Commanders. This was a do or die moment for some of the people in the company. So needless to say, the squad bay’s interior looked like a chicken coop with a bunch of headless chickens scurrying about; pecking at small details to get them in order for the intensive inspection. However, when the inspection came many recruits found that they were able to persevere and escape the looming cloud of reversion and “red belt” malaise. The inspection didn’t produce any automatic reversions but it did put a few people on “red belt,” and sent a whole lot of people to RAMP (recruit aptitude and motivation program). The main complaint from Echo Company would be that be that we had to stand at parade rest for the 01 hour, which gave almost all recruits shoulder pains. One thing Echo Company did not expect to happen on that same day was the invitation of “nightly routine.” The “nightly routine” had been somewhat esoteric up until this point. It was more a myth than an observed practice. However, Monday night we finally got to welcome it to Echo Company.

Tuesday was day 02 of SAR week and boy did it start out fun. Petty Officer Matthews threw the company a curve ball that fouled Echo Company onto the deck “pushing the Earth” all the while the company yeoman tried to score the muster sheet. The huge event today was seeing ourselves in Coast Guard dress uniforms. Yes, guess what? We were finally issued our dress uniforms. This left each recruit with a sense of pride as they left the Uniform Distribution Center.

Wednesday was a fairly long day for Echo Company. To put it plainly, Echo Company point had to learn the essence and strict fundamentals of time. We went for a run in the morning and every recruit pushed themselves and their fellow shipmates to surpass their previous 1.5 mile run time. We also had a class on boat crew which was interesting. We were then incentively trained for what felt like a lifetime until finally we were saved by Father Fronk. This was going to be his last Echo Company visit and he couldn’t have come at a better time. Each recruit cracked a smile, and the 30 minutes he spent with us felt like Heaven.

Thursday we spent out last night in James Hall and got ready to transition into Healy Hall; which houses the senior companies. It was a bitter sweet day because this means Echo Company is now one of the senior companies. But on the other hand, the stakes are higher and reversions are a daily occurrence.

On Friday we found our blessed orders that were bestowed on us by angels. In all seriousness though, Echo Company got some sweet holy guacamole orders! We have recruits going to Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and Alaska. East coast, west coast, and even the great lakes! Some got high endurance cutters, some got inland buoy tenders, and some got surf stations. Overall, Echo Company got what they wanted.

Saturday we got finally got to tackle the “confidence course.” Every recruit had caught a glimpse of it since entering recruit training and now Echo Company finally got their chance. Each obstacle was a challenge but nothing stopped Echo Company from surmounting it. We then talked to our company mentors for about 02 hours grilling them with questions about our new duty stations. Luckily, all questions were returned with wise answers. But what made the day a truly wild emotional rollercoaster was we finally got a 05 minute phone call home to let our loved ones know where we were getting stationed. What was a rejuvenating experience!

Sunday we had divine hours, got new demilitarized M-16 pieces, and marched in Sunset Parade. It was a fun but stressful week. As always, wish us good luck and all the best heading in to week 06.


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.