Echo 196 Recruit Journal Week 02

Echo 196 Recruit Journal

Formed: Jun 05, 2018

Graduates: July 27, 2018


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Good morning, Friends and Family of Echo – 196


It feels like week 02 has been nothing but a complete train wreck. The number of highs that our company has had since we have arrived to TRACEN Cape May is a staggering zero. The best thing that I can think of is playing ”janitor” for a small amount of time each day and actually getting a little time to clean up after ourselves. The physical training is intense and you can smell it on Echo Company, but the single handedly worst thing about week two was Friday when the new recruits of Foxtrot – 196 moved in next door to us. They are a new company and they are louder than us, faster than us… we will just have to wait and see what happens there. Will Echo rise to the challenge and be an excellent example for the junior weeks of training to follow? Will Foxtrots momentum wain as ours did once the sweat begins to pour from the training we get? Only time will tell, but one thing is for certain: Echo has taken a loss this week.


Each day we are tested on our required knowledge by the Company Commanders, and it’s as if Adam Sandler from the movie Click hit the pause button when we are asked anything. Blank stares and silence followed by loud noises and sweat. Or an incentive training session as the Company Commanders call it. We are also inspected on our uniforms, shave, and cleanliness each day. I am not sure why there are so many of us that forget to shave in the morning or iron our uniforms, but we are swiftly reminded when we do forget.


Everyone seems to be getting sick from living in close quarters and once the company commanders did rack inspections we found out why. DIRTY LAUNDRY! It seemed like almost every other shipmate would be hiding wet and dirty clothes in their rack. Where it would sit and fester for all hours of the day and night. When the Company Commanders opened the racks for inspection the entire squadbay was filled with a smell that could be described as what I would assume the inside of the Oscar Myer Weiner mobile must smell like. The company commanders were furious. Chief Snyder once said that we will sweat the bad habits of our civilian life out of us… we are starting to believe him. Petty officer Stephens once said that we are going to earn every stitch of our uniforms… we are starting to believe him too. And our lead company commander Chief Rowton says that we decide what happens to us in this training environment… we are starting to believe him as well, and I believe that Echo Company has decided to do things the hard way. Will Echo Company rise to the challenge of recruit training? Stay tuned friends and family of Echo-196 to find out.


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.