Echo 197 Recruit Journal Week 07

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Echo 197 Recruit Journal

Formed: Feb 05, 2019

Graduates: Mar 29, 2019


Graduation Program: Posted Thursday afternoon: Week 7 Blog

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


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Family, friends, and people who accidently joined this group, I sit here writing to you tonight with a fat grin on my face. It’s hard to believe that in less than a week we’ll be waking up at 0530 on our own (unfortunately), but in the comfort of our own beds. But hey, who’s counting? Summing up all that has happened this week is an impossible task and honestly most of you would be totally confused by the traditions and crazy things that happen at this base. Just know that when we see you shortly, be prepared to give your best fake laugh when you have no idea who the shipmates is that we’re talking about.

Last Sunday the weather finally cooperated and we were able to do our first off base run. At first we thought it was just a casual 03 mile run, but like most times here we were wrong. As we ran through Cape May singing all sorts of Coastie songs, the whole town began to come outside and cheer us on. People go out of their cars and clapped and even thanked us for our service. The only service we have done so far has been a ton of pushups and smelling bad for the past 07 weeks, but that was just motivation to go out to the fleet guns blazing. All of Echo was completely humbled by this amazing experience. I can speak for all of us and say this will be a highlight form training. How often do people cheer for you when singing off key?

Even though we received our orders weeks ago, the official signing was done this week. Right after that, Echo got to display the seniority we have earned since Delta Company has graduated, and we got to lower their flag and raise our own. Of course we did the typical cheesy “Echo” chant, however, blue and red has never looked so good flying high.

One of our last classes was line handling, where we essentially learned all of the proper techniques for handling the line while docking and departing from the pier. Considering most of us will be using this in the weeks to come, it was an extremely important and lively class. I’m proud to say that every one of us passed the final exam, as well as the company passed the close order drill test as a whole. After the drill test, we finally got to turn in our pieces. Who has the last laugh now, sniper position?

Our final days here have included off base liberty of course, but more importantly the CC debriefs. This is when our CC’s sit down and explain the method to the madness as well as showing their funny side. It has been a pleasure keeping you all informed of Echo’s progress, and I’m extremely proud of where we stand. Echo company, signing off.


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.