Echo 197 Recruit Journal Week 02

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Echo 197 Recruit Journal

Formed: Feb 05, 2019

Graduates: Mar 29, 2019


Graduation Program: Posted Thursday afternoon: Week 7 Blog

Go to:

Under the “Graduation Date” Tab you will be able to find the Graduation Program


To view the Graduation Live: Time: 1100 AM

The live stream of the graduations are viewed by going to the training center’s Facebook page at


*It should be noted that the live streams are a courtesy and not a guarantee. There could be technical issues or resource availability issues that would interfere with the stream. The live streams are not intended to be high definition productions of the graduation ceremonies.


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Good morning Friends and Family of Echo-197.


If you all were wondering if we’re still alive the answer is barely, but yes. Sorry we haven’t written much. We hope you all received the generic post cards. However since our generation can’t seem to address them properly, I can’t make any promises. Ever since we stepped off the bus at TRACEN Cape May our lives have been quite different. The first couple of days were a little harder than playing X-Box in our parents’ basements. We spent a majority of our time at medical appointments, touring the base, and learning to keep our “eyes in the boat”. Not a lot of sleep was had and we were all trying to figure out what was going through our heads when we signed up for this.


Friday began the real fun known as INDOC weekend. We finally met our Company Commanders. I don’t think they love us as much as all of you. But you’ll love when we come home and clean the entire house before you can make your bed. With that weekend Echo-197 had officially formed. One of the first things to change for us was eating chow as they call it. No longer were these the typical meals you enjoy with friends. Imagine every stereotypical evil lunch lady, but they also give you a pop quiz every time you walk by. If you get the answer wrong, a performance tracker is gifted to you. Get too many of these and life will not be good. One bright spot is how good the food has turned out to be.


The days here go by extremely fast, in part because we feel like walking zombies now. The Company Commanders are some of the most intimidating and tough people you’ll come across. Can you blame them though? They have to send us out to the fleet after only 08 weeks, and they need to be sure they could trust every one of us as their shipmate.


Most of the days have been filled with sweat sessions, classroom time, and trying to avoid all authority figures possible. We have been starting to get mail and I can speak for all of us when I say please write as much as possible. Your letters keep our morale up and that’s something every recruit needs. No doubt this has been the biggest challenge mentally and physically that any of us have experienced, but it’s all for the greater good. I promise we’ll write soon and go ahead and stock up on chewy bars. We’ll explain later.


–Reporting from Training Center Cape May, SR Atherholt–


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.