Echo 197 Recruit Journal Week 03

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Echo 197 Recruit Journal

Formed: Feb 05, 2019

Graduates: Mar 29, 2019




If taking notes in Seamanship class while half-awake was an art form, Echo-197 would be in the ranks with Van Gough. This past week for us has been incredibly difficult. The days go by in slow motion but the weeks seem to fly by. Whoever wrote the Helmsmen book, which is what all of us supposedly memorized before we arrived, should probably change the level of difficulty by each week. As we start week 04 on Monday the Helmsmen says stress level is reduced to “medium”. I challenge the author to come join our company and see if they still feel that level is accurate.

Before I dive into how much progress we have or haven’t made, let’s talk about the common theme. Pain is the name of the game, especially this Friday. Whether it’s holding our pieces in sniper position, more bonding with our canteens, or holding a mattress, we sweat for any and every mistake the company makes. On top of this the required knowledge is piling up. We can now successfully tie 06 different types of knots, name the piece nomenclature of our M-16s, and perform our marching movements in a half presentable manner. However if you ask if our Company Commanders agree they would probably say no. When we get a few rare minutes to talk it’s normally about how we know nothing going on outside of this base. Is Lebron James running for president? Does Nickleback have a number one song? Did Twinkies make a comeback? Please tell us what’s going on, we’re desperate for any news.

As the responsibilities add up, one of our new endeavors is watch duty. Every hour a new group wakes up to patrol Healy Hall and double as janitors when not doing rounds. This happens from 2130 until 0530 every night, which doesn’t help with the little sleep we get. When we get to our first units, we will be expected to stand watch for much longer so we should probably get used to it. This week also marked free reign on the salad bar, PB&J bar, and more variety in drinks. These were always available, but now is when we finally have the guts to use the full options at the galley. Just another little light at the end of the tunnel.

Whether responding to our Company Commanders in our sleep or finding recruits sleeping at the position of attention, who knew yelling could haunt you so much? It’s not all bad. We’ve seen our first Cape May snow, and gotten collectively louder. It’s only been a couple of weeks but a lot has changed for us. We’re faster, stronger, and learning to work as a team. We still have a long road but it’s all worth it in the long run. Next week we’ll be filling out dream sheets for where we get to go. Does that make it real or what? We’ll write soon and please keep writing to us. Get louder shipmates get louder!


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.