Echo 195 Recruit Journal Week 04

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Echo 195 Recruit Journal

Formed: Sep 26, 2017

Graduates: November 17, 2017


Echo-195 Summary


The past 7 days have been a roller coaster. Some days are “good” and some are bad. Our company is really starting to pull through, though. We scream every time our lips part and we move like we’re being chased everywhere we go. We have also started to learn the real value of team work. We have realized how much quicker and better we can get things done if we help each other out. Obviously, we are not perfect, and according to ours CC’s, we are the worst company ever. They only say it because they care though! At least that’s what we like to tell ourselves. It also seems that as we move forward in training, the funnier our company commanders get with punishments. Earlier this week, we were marching back to the house when a Coast Guard helicopter flew pretty low above our heads. One recruit decided to look up at it and got caught by Petty Officer Fortenberry and Chief Vetter. They made him run circles around the parade field with his arms out like an airplane, making helicopter noises. It’s a wonder that we didn’t get in trouble for laughing, because we almost couldn’t contain ourselves. We also got to fill out our dream sheets this week! This is where we put down our top picks on where we’d like to be stationed. Hopefully we get them! But there’s a reason it’s called a “Dream Sheet”. At the end of week 05, we will be getting our official orders, and we will get to call you home! Trust me, its keeping us all very motivated! Another great thing to pull from week 04 was that we got to take our official pictures. We are hoping they turn out well considering we all look like something that just came out of the walking dead. Towards the middle of the week, we took our physical fitness test, and our midterm examination. For the most part; we all did well. They were both just more milestones tucked underneath our belts! As much as you all know we just loooove being here at Cape May. It is everything to know that a month from today, we will be home and sleeping in our own beds. We will have graduated! A month doesn’t seem like a very long time, but for us it feels like forever. TRACEN has its own special way of telling time. One month is actually equivalent to 7 months. It works similar to dog years, except it’s just called recruit months. Overall, our time here has been crazy. Every day is something new, and we never know what to expect. The coming weeks will be difficult, because a lot more will be expected of us. Chief Krusko always tells us, “It’s time to be adults. Nobody is going to hold your hand though recruited training.” If we know anything about Chief Krusko, we know he is a man of his word. Not one person is holding our hand through this. We all have to figure out a lot, and quick! We are ready for whatever this next week has to bring, or at least as ready as we’ll ever be. But, that’s our motto: We are Always Ready. We are Semper Paratus!


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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