Echo 195 Recruit Journal Week 05

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Echo 195 Recruit Journal

Formed: Sep 26, 2017

Graduates: November 17, 2017


A little over a month ago we were still at home. Texting our friends, sitting on social media, and trying to prepare for basic training. If only we could go back and tell ourselves what we know now. Some of might say be faster. Some of us might say be louder. Some of us would definitely say study more. SR Ciampi said he would tell himself to prepare for the unexpected. That is probably the best advice we could give our month ago selves. Every day here is something new, and we never have any idea what to expect. The past 05 weeks have brought many hills to climb over, and the hills only get bigger. While climbing the steep hills of TRACEN Cape May, we have also hit many milestones. In week 04, we took our physical fitness test and our midterm. In week 05 we finally got our orders and were able to call all of you guys back home. As for our orders, we are all pretty much happy about where we have been placed. These people we have lived with and shared all of our waking moments with for the past 05 weeks are soon to be spread all over the country and we couldn’t be more excited/nervous for what that has to bring. Another major milestone for E-195 is that we are finally starting to form as a company. We have gotten louder and we have gotten faster. We have also learned the meaning of teamwork and how valuable it can be in basic training and in the Coast Guard overall. For example, every night members of our company have to stand watch in whatever building is designated to us for that week. Our watch coordinators stay up an hour after taps every night putting together the schedule, making sure wake up calls are put in, and making sure everybody gets to watch on time. They then spend the next day running around making sure everybody has signed for their watch. When we first started doing this, we were horrible. Not many people were on time, and a lot of wakeups were being missed. Because of our watch coordinators learning to work with each other and with the rest of the company, watch has became a smooth sailing event that we very seldom have troubles with now. Don’t get me wrong though, we are still not perfect. This week has had just as many downs to go with its ups. According to our cc’s, we’re still terrible, and act like we’re in week 02! We had a uniform inspection earlier this week that was done by our Battalion Commander, and a random rack inspection that was done by our section commander. Both of these were a disaster. We can’t say we didn’t expect them to be that way though. We have learned that these guys jobs are to notice every little mistake we make, and to correct it. The correction is normally done by tons of screaming, or insane incentive training. Sometimes, if we’re lucky, we get both! Wonderful, right? For the next 03 weeks, we are hoping that they will fly by. Now that we know what unit we’re going to, we will get to start contacting them this week and planning for what is going to happen in our lives after we leave Cape May. 03 weeks doesn’t sound like a long time, but for us it is an eternity. Although we have on base and off base liberty to look forward to, we are all looking forward to graduation the most. Only 03 more weeks to go. 03 weeks of Chief Krusko being mind boggled. 03 weeks of Petty Officer Fortenberry doing and saying hilarious things. 03 weeks of Chief Vetter telling us to fly away. 03 weeks of Chief Heinze going on motivational tangents. But most importantly, 03 weeks until we are placed into the fleet as functioning Coast Guard members. No longer recruits. We are all terrified, but we are all ready. Our company quote is “Anybody can hold the helm when the sea is calm.” Well, we are not just anybody, and this is no calm sea. We are E-195 and we are holding this helm with a death grip until graduation.


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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