Echo 190 Recruit Journal – Week 06



Echo 190 Recruit Journal

Formed: July 29, 2014

Graduates: September 19, 2014


Every recruit in Echo-190 will tell you that the weeks fly by at supersonic speeds; and the day’s move at a snail’s pace. However ever recruit would tell you that in week 06, this previously held belief was quashed. This week was outright amazing. Echo Company finally officially established itself as a senior company. I’ll explain it like this for family and friends; Recruits got evening routine, got their first liberty, got to smile a little. What Echo-190 needs to remember and what it definitely shouldn’t forget is that there is still 02 weeks of training left. And though we have earned some privileges, we still have many tests to yet to come. While the Company Commander’s allow us to have the very occasional grin at the very rare moments, we must never forget that we are now the role models on the regiment for the junior companies and we must be habitually and continuously locked on and ready for the task at hand. The Company Commanders will never give us any leeway in the realm of required knowledge, they flat out just never will. Echo-190 is no longer in the training phase of basic training; we are now in the performing stage. If you don’t know your piece nomenclature or nautical terminology by this point, this will earn you a new roster order number in Foxtrot Company. The stakes are higher than ever at this point. The list of knowledge varies from firearms safety to fire types. Every recruit at one time or another will often find themselves in a confusing mess of required knowledge; no one recruit is perfect and every recruit will have the occasional hiccup while a Company Commander is screaming in their face. Needless to say, it is not the most conducive learning environment here at Training Center Cape May. Let’s get started on the week. On Monday, it was Labor Day and because of this fact, most of the regiment was shut down. The recruits of Echo had a class on fire terminology which many of us had been looking forward to and were genuinely satisfied upon the completion of the class. The only downer about Monday was the weather on the regiment and we couldn’t attend any Labor Day BBQs. Tuesday, the company split again. Half went to the fire simulator and the other had some administrative stuff to resolve. Wednesday, we reversed the scenario. On Thursday, shipmates go to test their mettle against each other in the pugil stick arena. We finally got to witness Petty Officer Matthews crack a smile. Friday, we go more shots and more administrative classes. On Friday, we participated in Charlie Company’s graduation ceremony and realized how close we are to graduation ourselves. Saturday was probably the best day here yet at Cape May. We got to tour some small boats and a 87’ cutter. Then liberty happened, that was awesome. All recruits ended up spending 06 hours of liberty at the “All Hands Club” on base. We talked on our phones for hours and ate greasy foods. Sunday, we had our off-base run which was exhilarating experience for Echo-190 seeing how we have been suffering from regiment fever. This week was intensely awesome and we are one step closer to finally embracing our love ones. Oh and did I mention the company scored its colors after a 04 hour simulated search and rescue mission. So yeah, this week was pretty cool.

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.