Echo 194 Recruit Journal Week 02


Echo 194 Recruit Journal

Formed: February 28, 2017

Graduates: April 21, 2017






Hello friends and family. As you know company Echo-194 has finished our second week of basic training. The last couple of weeks have shook us all as we try to adapt into our new lives as recruits and try to knock our civilian type habits in the past. The last few weeks we have focused on time objectives to see how fast we can do things and sounding off to see how loud we can be. And as of right now, Echo-194 sounds off like we are in a public library where the smallest noise gets you kicked out for good and we move like a herd of turtles stampeding through peanut butter. So these two things have been challenging for us. With things not being done the right way comes incentive training,


This company training that includes physical training because as our company commanders would say, “When we spend their time not doing what we are supposed to do, we pay them back in sweat.” So you could say we get a really good workout every day. A challenge that we did not expect was the Cape May crud. Many of us recruits come from every corner of the country so we all have been exposed to new germs and many of us are feeling under the weather, but we know it pass soon for we have a wonderful medical clinic here at Cape May that have checked us often to make sure we are fit for duty. Speaking of colds, it is freezing here. One morning it was 5 degrees outside and trust us when we say that walking outside from a nice warm building is a great way to wake up.


When you see us next we will probably have a very different gait to our stride because everywhere we go, we march. It’s kind of like trying to teach a baby to take steps for the first time. We stumble and step on each other. We look uncoordinated and unsure with each step we take. There are a lot of things for Echo to improve on but that is one of the reasons we are all here, to better ourselves so we can be the best coast guardsmen we can be and have others be proud to call us Coasties. We all knew and have been told multiple tines that it wasn’t going to be easy but we are up to the challenge. If there is something good about Echo it is that we have nowhere to go but up.


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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