Echo 198 Recruit Journal Week 03

Formed: November 19, 2019                                                                                     Graduates: January 10, 2020

It seems like basic training only started yesterday, but somehow, the recruits of Echo-198 find themselves at the end of Week 03. The week was full of challenges, both old and new, academic and physical. Echo Company finds itself faces with challenges that don’t always exist in the civilian world -like putting on a full uniform in 130 seconds or figuring out how to get a messy rack, inspection ready in less than 10 minutes. Time objectives set by our company commanders get missed and everyone struggles with attention to detail still (like missing that last blouse button or tucking in our shoelaces) but luckily we have the “patient” guidance of our Company Commanders as they train us to improve.

In other news, week 03 marked the beginning of seamanship classes and recruits were enthralled by the glimpse into life aboard a sea-going vessel. Day 01 taught us basic ship nomenclature, as we identified superstructures, masts, fantails, and forecastles, and then rolled into deck components like cleats and chocks. The second day we learned about different types of line (no longer called “rope”) and various knots and their uses. Finally we learned about being helmsman and lookout, and completed our knot-tying practical. The recruits are all excited for future seamanship classes in weeks to come. Scattered amongst the seamanship classes are other classes on coast guard roles and missions, code of conduct, and other such groundwork laid down for a successful, well informed military career.

Between the classes, we practice a lot of close order drill with our Company Commanders, staying in step with the called cadence focusing on whether a right oblique or left flank will be called and trying our hardest to not mess it up. Various recruits were called upon to march the company this week, which isn’t nearly as easy as it looks. We are all well aware that we have our first close order drill test coming up in Week 04, so hopefully practice makes perfect. Stay tuned…

Week 03 has been tough struggle, sweat, struggle and repeat. A few shipmates we started with are no longer here and will need more time in training but we have also gained new shipmates throughout the week. We are trying our hardest to stay squared away and adapting to the daily challenges we are faced with, all the while focusing on becoming the Coast Guardsmen we signed up for and came here to become.

We need to get louder, faster, and focused. But we are starting to come together as a team. We are looking ahead to week 04 and readying ourselves to meet the challenges that are headed our way.

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.