Echo 192 Recruit Journal Week 05



Echo 192 Recruit Journal

Formed: October 27, 2015

Graduates: December 18, 2015


Week 05 in Cape May is known as SAR Week. For those of you who don’t know what that means, it stands for Search and Rescue. For some of us, it was more like Sorrow Week. This week meant getting rack inspections, getting ready and being at morning chow in 15 minutes, plus, practically the whole company was either at RAMP or on Probation. I’ll tell you what, there is nothing like having to be ready in 15 minutes, or you get some special time with our Lead Company Commander to wake you up in the morning. Don’t worry though, it wasn’t all bad. In the galley on Friday, we got our orders for our first duty station. Of course, we had to know our required knowledge. Without our required knowledge, there is no reward in our company. A few of our shipmates got stationed on the same cutter. Our Lead Company Commander made them all stand up and shake hands or wave at each other. Turns out I, along with 01 other shipmate will be in the same area as our Lead Company Commander. Not quite sure how I feel about that. It’s like seeing one of your teachers out in public. Do you wave, hide, or pretend like you never saw them?…Guess I’ll just have to wait and see. Anyways, parents, you should have received a phone call from us about our orders. If not, don’t worry its coming. We have been improving a little bit on everything. On Friday, we were told that we are getting better by one of our Assistant Company Commanders. She even said, “I might even start saying nice stuff to you guys, I don’t know”. That’s as good as a compliment as we will ever get from her. We definitely took it graciously. One of our other Assistant Company Commanders brought up the fact that we are getting closer to earning the privilege of having the official ECHO Company colors. He told us that we need to start being more locked on and squared away and act like we are better than every other company because we should be better than every other company. Now quite honestly, we don’t see very much humor come out of this Assistant Company Commander. If it does happen, it is usually very dry and can be portrayed as being serious. That’s completely okay though. I noticed that a lot of us retain a lot of information with his learning techniques. Like today, we got to spend the night doing manual of arms and looking at flashcards on how to greet certain personnel based on their ratings. If we weren’t all so sleep deprived and zombie-like, we would have done a much better job at smoothing out our manual of arms. We were also given time to study, while on line in our main muster squadbay. Our Assistant Company Commander was not pleased with our military bearing…he saw it coming though. “If I leave you alone for more than 10 minutes, you better believe I am going to catch you slipping”. So basically, we are eternally doomed to get incentive training until we graduate. There is the dry humor I was telling you about. At least we get some time to decompress from all of this during our Divine Hours. Hopefully then we can really straighten up.


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.