Echo 194 Recruit Journal Week 04

International Maritime Signal Flag Echo

Echo 194 Recruit Journal

Formed: February 28, 2017

Graduates: April 21, 2017






It’s been a crazy week. Here’s how the outcome of week 04 went. The definition of garbage is our uniform, squad bays, marching, and speaking. Unfortunately since garbage is garbage it gets thrown around and spun upside down. The only thing about us being garbage is that were able to be recycled. That means fresh starts. Every morning we wakeup there’s a fresh start. Example today, I’m going to have to admit it but we made some time objectives. Which meant “people on the boat that was sinking were saved”. To our Company Commander gave us a taste of freedom. I don’t think ever in a million years I would hear Petty Officer Babot say evening routine. I thought it was a dream and so did the rest of the shipmates. It wasn’t a dream, time starting moving, and the company started to get it done.

Earlier this week we were straight garbage and a mess, heads were spinning and plenty of tables got turned. Every time objective that was given to us we failed by margins. Sadly if you wanted to transition the amount of missions failed we had to the real fleet, a lot of people would have been dead. It’s ok though why? Because every time we failed, we got annihilated. It didn’t even matter which one of our company commanders were here. It could have been Petty Officer Babot, Petty Officer Martinez, or Chief Perez. We got turned into puddles of sweat. Matter of fact those are the exact words we say “sweat”. The worst position pain echo company hates is sniper position take. You hit that position for like 30 minutes and your arms feel like wet noodles.

I could also say that the thing we learned this week and got to do was important. We got to pick our assignments which is picking stations you anticipate going after boot camp. That gave a little bit of hope for echo at least they thought it gave them hope until we failed another mission. Then you hear Chief Perez say fire, fire, fire (M-16) with our pieces there we are at multiple squats with our pieces straight out in front of us. That’s the moment where all spinning heads get straight; 02 days later all Petty Officer Babot hear is mission complete. I wouldn’t say mission complete fully because the boat almost didn’t make it to port through that storm. But it made it with tons of damages and tons of work to be done.


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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