Echo 197 Recruit Journal Week 04

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Echo 197 Recruit Journal

Formed: Feb 05, 2019

Graduates: Mar 29, 2019




“Get louder shipmates, get louder,” is all you could hear echoing through the second floor quarterdeck of Healy Hall on Saturday night. We stood face to face with Foxtrot, the new young bucks of TRACEN Cape May, and all I could think was there was no way we were that quiet or that nervous. One of the new guys lost his dinner during this screaming competition. It’s hard to think of what we have accomplished in only 04 weeks, but compared to INDOC weekend, we can march better, maintain military bearing, and hide our laughter when the CC’s finds someone asleep in the head. After seeing Foxtrot, we realized how much we have grown as a company. When you are eating, breathing, and dreaming boot camp, it starts to stick with you. Don’t be surprised when we come home and perform facing movements around the house while always keeping our right shoulder to something.

Week 04 has been busy for us, with the week full of firefighting skills for when we are aboard a cutter. We dressed in full fire protection gear, ran into a smoke filled room, and put out the largest fake fire money can buy. Using one of those giant hoses that will turn into a wrecking ball if you let it go has got Echo excited for more real life scenarios.

By this point in training all of our bodies are just permanently sore and last names are the only way we communicate. In fact, I’m not sure we even remember our first names. Standards have been raised for us in regards to just about everything we do. Uniforms must be ironed, boots shined, racks inspection ready, and meals finished as fast as humanly possible. With all of the good that’s been happening there is plenty of sweat time and other forms of punishment taking place. Probation and RAMP started this week. I’m fairly certain they described RAMP to you all as 03 days sweat-fest. You get sent there when the CC’s feel that you don’t have the proper attitude or motivation. If you don’t make it through the program, you get sent to Foxtrot. From the ones who have survived RAMP, they don’t make it sound like your average 03 days of recruit training.

Wednesday was one of the more important days; we filled out our Dream Sheets. If you are unfamiliar with these forms, it is where we fill out the top 04 locations we wanted after graduation. Miami and anywhere in California were the popular choices, but for most “big boat, somewhere warm” was number one. We find out next Friday where we get our orders and you all will be the first to hear. This is mainly because we don’t have access to Facebook or Twitter.

We still have a long way to go individually and as a company. However our sights are set and there is no turning back now, no matter the distance.



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.