Echo 196 Recruit Journal Week 03

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Echo 196 Recruit Journal

Formed: Jun 05, 2018

Graduates: July 27, 2018


Week 03, Echo Company, the most surprising thing about this week is many from forming week are still here. Being loud and fast is still a major problem but the ups and downs keeps us going strong. This week was very, how you could say if “unique”. Seamanship being a big step to our rookie careers as a Coast Guardsmen, leaning how to control vessels on water. Let’s not forget we are finally marching ourselves. The humor in that though is the cadence, the amazing Snyder-man called the disco jawed recruit “fancy cadence guy,” but let’s not get too caught up in good times. We can’t ever forget the pools of sweat the company commanders ring out of us like wet rags. This week was on of a kind when it came to incentive training, or “tough love” especially since both the assistant company commanders were instructing Training Duty Officers. Put in better terms for two days straight they were assisted by two extra company commanders, more eyes equal less time for “sandbagging”, also more stress. Each corner you turned it was a blue uniform eyes glued to you watching your every move. The amazing Snyder-Man couldn’t let this week go without someone pulling rope. The imagination of the company commanders is far out, when a recruit is “sandbagging” they set up a rope pulling session like the final scene of a Lord of the Rings movie. Week 03 couldn’t get any better, there’s a saying down in ole’ Cape May, “the days go by slow, but the weeks go by fast”, we all got this; the civilian is slowly leaving our systems.


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.