Echo 193 Recruit Journal Week 02


Echo 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: July 12, 2016

Graduates: September 2, 2016


. 23Jul16


Week 02 has finally come to an end! It has been a while since our families have heard from us and we wanted to let you know how we are doing. Since our Company Commanders picked us up out of Sexton Hall on the 15th, we have begun our rigorous transformation into Coast Guard men and women. We have been learning new terminology, how to properly manage our time, how to move with a sense of urgency and how to be loud. We are not very good at any of these items, which have led to our first two weeks being filled with nothing but training. Not the training you might think; training on how to sweat out of LITERALLY every pore in our bodies! I am dead serious, I am dripping with sweat while writing this and it’s not because of the heat.

I truly wonder if it’s possible to sweat from your eyes, and I don’t mean crying… I seriously have sweat from my eyeballs! The intensity under the hot July sun of Petty Officer Abascal, is an attempt to mold us into future members of the most elite maritime agency in the world. This is a challenge Echo Company is ready to accept. Petty Officer Abascal is not the sole reason for our tough days. Each Company Commander brings their own form of discipline and punishment when attempting to mold Echo-193 recruits into the future non rates of the Coast Guard. With each passing day, Echo-193 continues to collectively march to the bleating and distant goal of becoming United States Coast Guardsman.

This company is being whipped into shape, day by day, hour by hour. The intense Company Commanders of Training Center Cape May are either going to rip our eyes out with their bare hands (not really), or they are going to make us learn to keep our eyes in the boat by sweating profusely for hours on end. Truly all that is wrong with Echo-193 is we are quiet, move slow and lack self-discipline. There is no excuse for lacking any of these things mentioned. They are all things we are able to control, and until we all learn accept this concept we deserve every beating that is handed down to us. It is extremely embarrassing to constantly be told to form up and repeat “Self-Discipline” from the Coast Guard Manual over and over. However, if this is what will rid Echo-193 of their unruly ways, then it shall be done!

That all being said our week hasn’t been totally negative. Although Echo-193 is still not “Semper Paratus”, which translates to “Always Ready,” for the challenges of boot camp we are all evolving. Echo-193 is becoming closer and closer as a family as we sweat, bleed, and suffer through it together. We have all began the process of becoming Coast Guardsman, and now we are on the way to doing what God put us here to do, and that’s a positive thought that can and will motivate our group to obtain that distant goal. Thank you all for the letters and words of encouragement. Please keep them coming. Turns out they are better than texting after all. We miss you all and will see you in 05 weeks.




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.


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