Echo 193 Recruit Journal Week 03



Echo 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: July 12, 2016

Graduates: September 2, 2016


We finally reached it. Week 03 started with the cycle of sweat and chow we have been used to since the first afternoon officially as Echo Company. Sunday’s divine hours ended with holding our pieces out and reciting the real meaning of discipline. It was just an insane game that drove us to the edge of our last nerve. We took some things as a way to take our minds off the constant sweat sessions. Floating in a pool with Anti-Exposure suits felt great. It was a short time in the pool but it was comforting and relaxing. It was a huge contrast of what the week would hold. All free time that was open on the schedule was full of sweat sessions. We held a two pound book out in front of us, for what seems like forever, but what makes it so unbearable is that we are all crammed tightly into a tiny section of the quarter deck. The heat builds up and the walls start to sweat from the bodies emitting heat and everyone yelling at the top of our lungs. Some of us managed to break the mental wall and withstand the strain. Others look like the Atlas Statue straining under the weight of the world. Some shipmates seem like they might pass out at any minute or lose an arm for trying too hard. Then again trying to the point your limits are stretched is what our Company Commanders want. Then the fun continued with a round of sniper, where we hold our pieces at an angle for what seems like an eternity. During the round off sniper, one of our shipmates passed out while he was trying to stand up. Paramedics helped him walk to the ambulance when he came around. We then were ushered outside where we partook in a piece IT session and watched him get driven away. He’s back with us, but is on light duty status for now. With more than half the company sick the punishments and IT are taking more of a toll on us. Sore throats make drowning out other companies an endurance challenge. How long and how loud can you sound off till your throat hardens up like dry volcanic rock? Coughing made reciting the passage about discipline into another “fun” moment. As an act to embarrass us in front of the regiment, we took the reciting outdoors. Near the end we were ordered to yell out in full force if we wanted to be done with this. We did, so much so that one of us threw up saliva and phlegm but kept the book straight out. Between the gagging and the vomiting, he kept yelling. True determination, resilience, and devotion to duty were forged this week around. Thursday we started to be louder, faster more determined. During seamanship class, we learned how to respond to helm commands and drove a simulated boat to test us. We learned five basic knots too. As we tightened those knots, we tightened ourselves. We keep getting told to be “Business all the time,” and on 30JUL16 we did. We sanitized our squad bays in time. Sounded off as the 120 plus size company we were. We started learning Manual of Arms and worked on close order drill. It was so strange to not be yelled at to hit the deck and get into the crunch position. The night ended with our first taste of evening routine. If you did not get written up for the day, you had a lot of time to shower and fix your rack. Others took part in a quick round of sniper. We started to lose our baring again during the tail end of the night. Hopefully we can regain it and lock it down so we can actually start training and get ready for the midterm this week.


ECHO-193 Signing off.



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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