Echo 193 Recruit Journal Week 05



Echo 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: July 12, 2016

Graduates: September 2, 2016


13 August 2016

Another week is gone, along with some of us. Week 05 brought us new challenges, tighter standards, same old problems, and some of the hottest weather many of us have ever lived through. Sunday brought the end of waking up to “Fire, Fire, Fire” and running out into the cold to wake up our muscles before our heads could catch up. Its replacement was a bit faster pace after your name is called during muster, you better be already in the head changing into your uniform. Time management can kill you in the morning if you don’t think. Everyday a few of us show up late, something none of us can afford to be doing at this point in training. More is expected from us than ever before. A rack inspection left some of us picking up our entire contents off the deck. Some of us got out with only a pair of sweat pants folded wrong.

Monday was a day we waited for with dread. We spent hours combing over our uniforms for loose threads, wrinkles, anything that could be counted as gig. If your uniform wasn’t sharp, better hope your required knowledge was. The inspection was moved back due to the outbreak of sickness last week. We still had an inspection to help find the discrepancies we didn’t pick up on. The heat started to rise as we took the long march to seamanship class. We sat in puddles of sweat as we learned radio procedures. As the week went on so did the pace of things. Tuesday brought a milestone that some of us have been using as the image of motivation this whole time; the dress uniform. We all felt a little bit better sliding into our Bravo jackets. If you also came here with the idea of losing a few pounds, having to get a smaller pair of dress pants was success. These measurements are from week 01, it felt good knowing all the marching around and beatings were doing some good. This week we also had an influx of recruits coming back into coming after a short time of being ill. Having a shipmate to watch your back here helps a lot; it also helps you from doing the same mistake over again until you pay for it in sweat. The Chaplin said this week would be a low one, not far from the beginning and not close to the end. This weighed a lot of us down. Some things kind of picked it up along the way. Racing to put on a personal flotation device against the rest of the company did bring light moments in training. We are slowly getting to a point of not messing up as much. We started replacing sweat sessions with runs and bike workouts. Not to say we are on top of it, improvement is still needed but we are sweating as a company less. Our orders came in and the company lost focus. Focus in everything you do is critical. The reminders are needed as the pressure builds and the heat rises, literally and metaphorically. Cape May is in the mists of a heat wave. With many things here, we learn to deal with it and move on. That’s the plan for next 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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