Echo 192 Recruit Journal Week 06



Echo 192 Recruit Journal

Formed: October 27, 2015

Graduates: December 18, 2015


This was by far the busiest week yet. In boot camp there is rarely free time. During our “breaks” you have the option to use the head, shave or study. The choice needs to be decided wisely; so know which one is going to be the most important… So this week we got a very important fourth choice thrown into the mix: shine. Now I know what you are thinking, what about our boots? It’s true we have to do those, but we only have to do the toe. Our new shining is for our dress shoes for our bravo uniforms. Just in case you weren’t aware those are the uniforms we will be wearing for graduation. It didn’t really hit any of us until the end of this week when we tried them on for the first time but that along with getting more hands on in classes, getting our colors, and having our lead company commander open up to us has been just so overwhelming. We got to put on a fire fighting outfit and run through what would happen if we had to put out a fire. Everyone sounded like Darth Vader and was extremely clumsy. Our instructor made one of us move the hose to better reach the fire and the shipmate who was holding the nozzle toppled over pretty hard.

We then had to pack our sea bags and carry our pieces all the way to Goff Hall. If you are unaware of the distance it’s freaking far! This was the one time where I can say the struggle was worth it because we got our colors. I swear it was like there was dramatic inspirational music playing in the background when we started chanting “echo” and then finished it off with the coast guard ethos. Man did we turn into a fully puffed up peacock when we marched back. We didn’t even mind the fact that we were drenched in our own sweat. Our lead company commander also made a comment towards the shorter people not having to carry as much because there is less fabric. I swear I never did a more perfect eye roll to that comment. Today (Saturday) was probably the best of all though. We got to march in our bravos in a Christmas parade. You would think that alone would make us nervous, but there was actually something more nerve wrecking: our dinner prior it was very nice at heart: but why in the name of all boot camp would they pick spaghetti?!?!. Do they want us to spill sauce on our uniforms ?… It was also really funny that our lead company commandes would antagonize some of us during our meal. Basically folks this is a big week and we are still tired but we are alive and thriving more determined than ever to be a coastie and make our company commanders proud.

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.