Echo 195 Recruit Journal Week 03

International Maritime Signal Flag Echo

Echo 195 Recruit Journal

Formed: Sep 26, 2017

Graduates: November 17, 2017


Echo-195 weekly summary


Everybody says week 03 is the hardest. Well, everybody is right. This week has pushed all of us way past our limits. We have been under tons of stress, and we are physically drained. This week has been where they test us to see who really wants to be here or not. According to Chief Krusko, we are “lost in the sauce, not even on planet earth with everybody anymore.” This is something we hear a lot, and that’s because it is totally true. We are not on planet earth. We are in our own world of recruit training. We are training to be fast and loud. This week, we did show improvement. Today especially we are screaming our faces off and moving as quickly as possible. The incentive training has gotten better, also. We don’t do it as much, an sometimes, if a recruit can spit out their required knowledge, they’ll let us stop earlier this week, SR Lee and SR Ortiz were able to spit out their 11 General orders and saved all of our arms. We’re also learning to take our CC’s advice. They always tell us that our actions decide what we do that day of training, and they’re not lying. Today, we were loud and we moved fast, so were given time to clean, study, shine our boots, and we even worked on close order drill. A few days ago, we weren’t loud, and we didn’t meet time objectives, so we poured sweat all afternoon. I even got to hold a mattress above my head for looking around while at attention. What an honor, right? Chief Heinze has gotten a lot more serious about punishment this week, because we are at the point where mistakes need to stop. If you open up a dictionary or go on Google right now and look up the definition of a mess, you are likely to see a picture of our company. That’s the honest truth, too. We are just a giant mess. We all know this, and we are trying to get better. It just seems every time we take one step forward, we take three steps back. It doesn’t help that we’re surrounded by hurricanes 04 of them, Chief Heinze, Chief Krusko, Chief Vetter, and Petty Officer Fortenberry. I was under the impression that hurricane season was over, but was dead wrong. They make sure to cause a heavy storm of stress around us 24/7. But, who do you call when there are bad hurricanes? (four to be exact) The U.S. Coast Guard. So that’s what we are doing. We are going head first into the storm that is Cape May and we’re learning how to overcome these hurricanes. At first, we sat back, waiting for somebody to do it for us. We realize now, that’s not happening. We have to be adults and handle this ourselves. Week 04 is approaching, and our training is really about to crack down. So, in the words of Chief Heinze, “It’s time to COWBOY 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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