Echo 194 Recruit Journal Week 7



Echo 194 Recruit Journal

Formed: February 28, 2017

Graduates: April 21, 2017


Week 07 is at an end.


There’s a sentence I’ve been waiting to write… And a sentence that many of our friends and family have been waiting to hear, the end of week 07 signals the end of a lot of things for echo company, you know what I’m most excited about ending? Don’t take this the wrong way, but I’m excited to be done with classes. Not because the curriculum was overly strenuous, but rather because my shipmates and I are now equipped with the basic knowledge and skills required to function as a non-rate within the fleet. The end of classes brings with it the opportunity to expand upon that knowledge and hone our skills, setting the foundation upon which to build our careers within the Coast Guard. When we first began our journey here at Cape May, we received a promise that we would be transformed into physically fit, basically trained Coast Guard men and women. Our basic training is complete. We have the knowledge to succeed. Physically fit? Don’t worry when our instructors weren’t exercising our minds, our Company Commanders were exercising our bodies. I’m sure many friends and family members will be surprised to see the transformations undergone by their recruits. Our (often creative) “incentive training” sessions have made us more capable than we once were.


So what else happened this week for ECHO Company? Buckle up. There was a lot on the list of firsts; we began performing our own wake-ups in the morning. Don’t get me wrong… There’s no relaxing way to wake a person up by shouting them awake at 0500, but it’s at least a comfort to know that we’re not going to hit the deck for push-ups after rolling out of the rack… provided we behave the next 06 days. This week also brought our seamanship final (as I talked about in a previous entry) and our cumulative final; overall, the company had a great performance at the final exam. 03 of our shipmates unfortunately did not pass, and we wish them the best of luck in completing their training.


One of the week’s most significant events was the close order drill and manual of arms test. We practiced till the last second (in a literal sense) and marched away, heads held high, with a score of 9.5 for close order drill and a perfect 10/10 for manual of arms. To cap off the week, ECHO company received their off-base liberty, It was a time to mentally relax, but also an opportunity for ECHO company to represent the uniform we’ve been working to earn. In recruit training, even the times we relax are learning experiences. No Breaks, Ever. – SR Davis, C.H., ECHO-194

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.