Echo 189 Recruit Journal: Week 06

Echo 189 Recruit Journal: Week 06
Formed: Nov. 19, 2013
Graduates: Jan. 10, 2014


Week 06… well, well, where do I begin? This week really tested a lot of our shipmate’s dedication to staying on the path of becoming a Coast Guardsman. I could sense that a few people had began slacking and actually feeling comfortable. Yeah I know, how could you ever get comfortable in Cape May? Those three words don’t even belong in the same zip code. Some of our shipmates actually became a little closer to some of the Section Commanders, and when a Section Commander knows your name and can pick you out a of a crowd it’s usually not good at all. RAMP (Recruit Aptitude Motivation Program) was also given out like Christmas candy this week; many of our fellow comrades were lucky enough to be sentenced to the hour and a half of fun under the moonlight and came back to the squad bay enlightening us of all the excitement and adventure they had.
Remember those beautiful colors we received in week 05? We named her Eleanor, and she went on vacation for a few days, oh how we missed her. While she was on her trip, we took one as well. We went back in time to weeks 02 and 03 where we played ‘games’ all day, and read quotes off laminated papers in a painful manner, until the sun went down. Those few days from the past, as well as operation fireside and on base liberty really helped us focus on the future and snapped us back to reality.
Eleanor finally returned and once again everything was right with the world. Week 06 was a roller coaster of achievements and disappointments. Now as we embark upon week 07 the path to success is in reach, but we must maintain our focus and keep our eyes on the prize. Stopping is no longer an option for Echo 189. The smell of victory is in the air, and it smells AMAZING!

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.