Echo 193 Recruit Journal Week 04


Echo 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: July 12, 2016

Graduates: September 2, 2016


06 August 2016


And call it closed! Week 04 has ended on a good note, and has been one of the best weeks yet. Echo-193 is sounding off with reasonable consistency, and is actually moving with some urgency. This week has been very exciting, and has seen several pivotal moments in our training. One major point was the midterm exams, signaling our 50% completion with boot camp. It’s a happy thought that we’ve survived this far into our training and are starting the wind-down into our final (and reasonably fun) weeks.

Another major point was choosing our duty stations on the “Dream Sheet”. That so far has been my most exciting moment in boot camp. I’ll say that trying to choose anywhere in the United States to live, and to do a job you don’t really understand yet is pretty much the craziest thing I’ve done in a very long time. For the highlight of this week, fire fighting! This week Echo- 193 was taught all about how to fight fires, not the one in our thighs from petty officer Abascal’s lovely slow squats. It was very cool getting to don the fire gear and work together as fire teams.

Although the week had many highpoints, it wasn’t without low ones. Aside from the influenza outbreaks the worst part of the week was our new form of punishment, SLOW squats with a piece. It’s awful how your thighs burn with such severe intensity as the seconds tick by and you get into the sixty plus range of a diabolical workout and you can watch your shipmates sandbag their way through it, only making the situation worse. Our time objectives are getting tighter and expectations get higher. We noticed this as little mistakes started taking us back to week three punishments. The sun baked the concrete that burned our hands with each push up. If hitting the deck in an operational dress uniform didn’t make you lock on, the fate of others would. The first massive had out of probation belts made it clear. The floor is now eggshells and only the quick to adapt will survive. We quickly got the point. We help each other, move faster, and most of us stay quiet. We stopped a day of punishment and ended with a night of training.

All in all, one more week done here at training center Cape May; and one more week closer to seeing everyone that is reading this synopsis of our week. Goodnight, good luck 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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