Echo 189 Recruit Journal: Week 05

Formed: Nov. 19, 2013
Graduates: Jan. 10, 2014

This Week has been quite the transformation for Echo-189. We started off this week in shambles. We couldn’t tell our left from our right, nor could we follow basic orders. But as the week

International Maritime Signal Flag Echo

International Maritime Signal Flag Echo

continued on, we as a company became progressively better. I think it all started when we had a uniform inspection from Master Chief Berry. He gave us all a very motivating speech, basically saying that from now on if we didn’t meet every standard our Company Commanders as well as Section Commanders had then we would find ourselves going back 02 weeks. Most of us realized at that moment that what we are doing here is no longer just a very long and elaborate game. No this is our job, and this is our life now. Still with all of that racing in our minds we still managed to fumble a bit but we recovered.

We’ve been making time objectives, being loud and following orders to the best of our ability. We called our loved ones to tell them of where we will be stationed. We received our colors and were granted the privilege of coffee. This week started out meeting the goals of week 03 recruits. Now we are week 05, becoming week 06 recruits. And we aim to progress each day until we exceed the expectations of our company commanders. Morale is higher than it’s been in weeks. Mostly because we are actually learning and being trained instead of having to go through remedial and incentive training. We have moved from James Hall to Healy Hall and with this move we have more space and a more favorable placement on the regiment. But with this comes more responsibility higher expectations, and random inspections. Hopefully, this up coming week will fare better than the last.

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.