Echo 195 Recruit Journal Week 02

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Echo 195 Recruit Journal

Formed: Sep 26, 2017

Graduates: November 17, 2017



Well here we are. The end of Week 02. This was one of the most stressful weeks any of us have ever had. Every day, we are awoken by one of our Company Commanders blasting a whistle, and screaming the words “Fire, Fire, Fire”! We immediately have to sprint outside, and form up in the parade field looking like recruit zombies. All of the days are basically the same. We sweat, eat, sweat, go to class, sweat, eat, go back to class, eat, and then sweat all night. If you’re not getting the hint, we basically just sweat. A LOT. Chief Krusko has made it a personal goal of his to make sure we cause a flash flood in New Jersey with our sweat.   At this point in training, all our limbs feel like Jello. We’re all sick, and most of us have completely lost our voices from screaming. Sounds Fun right? There are some good parts of recruit training though. Earlier this week, Petty Officer Fortenberry taught us a class. All was going well until he tried to draw diagrams on the white board. Suffice it to say, it’s a good thing he’s an Electronics Technician. Holding in our laughter, was almost as painful as our incentive training.

Speaking of Incentive Training, we got our “pieces” this week. A piece is a demilitarized M16. Basically just another heavy object our Company Commanders use to make us sweat. Life here is something nobody could prepare you for. It’s fast moving, but slow at the same time. It’s almost always loud, but at times deafeningly quiet. We’re adjusting as best as we can, but right now our Company is terrible. We’re all trying to adjust, and figure out not only what to do, but how to do it perfectly. Our CC’s constantly tell us we aren’t fast enough, or loud enough, or strong enough. Because of this, we do constant “Incentive Training”, which is another word for they beat us into the ground with Push-ups, mountain climbers, squats, crunches, flutter kicks, and cherry pickers. The constant physical activity has turned our arms and legs into what feel like wet noodles. In between our Incentive training sessions, we sit through a lot of classes. Classes are usually enjoyable, mostly because we get to sit down for a while. Our CC’s make a point of letting us know that in the real world, there are indeed “dumb questions”, regardless what we “special snowflakes” have been told back in the land where people get participation trophies.

The best way we can describe Recruit Training is to call it “The Wizard of Oz: Oz of the Sea”. We are all Lost, have no Courage, no Brains, and at this point no Heart. We’re all wandering around the regiment confused, and just trying to find the end. Our Yellow brick road. It’s tough, but we’re pushing through and will continue to do so. They say”the days are slow, but the weeks fly by”. After being here for a couple weeks, I can say this is the truth. It’s going by fast, but not fast enough. So if anybody on the other end of this message sees father time, tell him to speed things up! Echo-195 would really appreciate it.

Long story short… This is Hard. Chief Heinze, our Lead Company Commander reminds us every time someone messes up that “This isn’t Summer Camp Echo” and “Stupidity has a price, and it ALWAYS gets paid.” Those are two of the truest statements I have ever heard. Eventually it will get better, but no time soon. For now we will continue to get Louder and Faster. We will become part of the Coast Guard. Or Die trying!


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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