Echo 192 Recruit Journal Week 03


Echo 192 Recruit Journal

Formed: October 27, 2015

Graduates: December 18, 2015


So for the last couple of days, we had been doing moderately well. Less incentive training and more actual training. Once again though, we took it for granted. In my opinion I think we took it way over our limits. Talking, sleeping, and laughing in class. A few of us tried to wake them up, but it was pointless. They all just went back to sleep. What’s even sadder is that we started the day off on a good note. Sure it was cold, but our marching was on point and we were meeting our time objectives too. One of our assistant company commanders was even quizzing us while we marched and we were killing it. I think we impressed her so much that when our road guards went out to stop traffic, she forgot to call them back. We could barely here them request to rejoin the company. She laughed, said “Road Guards”, we replied “Recover” and she said, “Well they get to exercise.” It was so funny. I’ve gotten good at no laughing, just smiling on the inside. Like I said though, all went downhill when we got to our seamanship class. I don’t know if it’s the room or we just don’t feel scared around our instructor. Our lead company commander came in from behind and saw it all. I’m not going to lie, I was sitting back in my chair, feet potentially spread apart, but I was studying. I didn’t completely lose my military bearing. The people who were sleeping, they are going to probably have some nice alone time with our lead company commander and his assistants. Our barracks apparently haven’t improved either. They were super trashed this time. You could hear most of the guys groan, while we females just rolled up our sleeves and got to work. This week, for most of us, has taught us that this crap happens. Complaining won’t help. Sometimes you need to spend 10 minutes trying to open your rack only to find out that when the Company Commanders trashed our rooms, they got us good by switching our rack cards around. So we had to not only un-tape the million layers of what seemed like the strongest tape in the world, but then we had to find out if they were really our beds. Honestly, nice touch assistant company commanders. You have to be two of the most twisted diabolically funny people I have ever met. I think I can speak for my female shipmates when I say it is a pleasure getting tortured by you two. You get cleverer every time. We are still trying to survive. A lot of information was thrown at us this week and next week will only be worse if divine hours aren’t used properly tomorrow, but hey, practice makes perfect, right?

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.



6 Responses

  1. B Hurley says:

    Keep digging Echo 192! If it’s worth having, it’s worth working hard for!
    So proud of you SR Hurley!

  2. Lisa Britton says:

    Keep smiling on the inside Echo-192!

  3. Mee A says:

    28 days and counting … you can do this E-192! Sending our love to SR Kristen Andrade. We love you!

  4. M Pegram says:

    Be strong Echo 192! We love you and are praying for you. All of your hard work will pay off. .Be encouraged SR Marshall.

  5. Lisa Glass says:

    Great Post! Stay focused Echo 192. I am so proud of each and every one of you.

  6. Regina Cabral Jones says:

    Such a great post… Thanks for the entertaining, honest knowledge SR!!