Echo 190 Recruit Journal – Week 07




Echo 190 Recruit Journal

Formed: July 29, 2014

Graduates: September 19, 2014



Week 07 is finally complete and I think every recruit in Echo Company would tell you they’d never thought they would see the day when they were one week away from graduation. It’s definitely a humbling experience to now be the most senior company on the regiment. Echo is proud, as it should be; we’ve finished our exams, taken our Manual of Arms Test, and Close Order drill test. We must remember to be modest and set the example in front of junior companies. Though our company flag now sits atop the regimental flag pole, this company will not yield be diagnosed with week 08 senioritis. We (Echo Company) are the best, therefore we will act like it. The first day of week 07 was met with confusion as do most days here at Cape May. However, Monday was different; our noble Company Commanders graved us with the ability to wake ourselves up. After waking ourselves, the company went to the gym for an early morning workout. We were taught a class on hazing by Petty Officer Martinez, and then we had a long class on first aid and CPR. Tuesday, we had our last Seamanship Class with Petty Officer Ventura. The class was on line handling; we learned its general principles, and how not to tear a finger off. It was really informative and neat to finally be able to practice line handling as we are all getting stationed at operational units. On Wednesday, we were given 04 hours of administrative time, which was a god send for most recruits in the company. The majority of the recruits in E-190 at this point had gotten in contact with their sponsors from their new duty stations. There were still a few that had not gotten in contact, but Petty Officer Matthews came to the rescue as he usually does and got those recruits squared away. Thursday was September 11th (Patriots Day); it was definitely a very solemn day here on base. We had a ceremony on base presided over by Captain Prestidge. There was a ceremonial firing team that reminded us of the lost during the terrorist attacks. Then a few recruits were given the chance to go off base into Cape May in full dress uniforms to be in a few different remembrance ceremonies. For those recruits who went, each one would tell you, it was an unforgettable experience. We witnessed and experienced the generosity shown by the American people for servicemen and women. Each and every recruit who went was thanked for their service and shed a tear as watched a sunset on the beach to the tune of America the Beautiful. On Friday, we took our final exam, the company performed great and we were successful. We also took scored a 09/10 on our Manual of Arms test and 08/10 on our close order drill test. Saturday, well I don’t think I need to explain Saturday. We called home, shoved sweets and greasy foods in our faces, and watched Guardians of the Galaxy. The females decided a pedicure was more in order than comic book movies. Sunday, we turned our pieces in. This means NO MORE PIECE INCENTIVE TRAINING!!! Miss you all back at home, can’t wait to see you Friday.

Echo 190 Graduation Program


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.