Echo 191 Recruit Journal Week 02



Echo 191 Recruit Journal

Formed: April 14, 2015

Graduates: June 5, 2015


Incredible – A word with so many possible uses and during the first two weeks of company Echo-191’s short life, possibly every incarnation of that versatile word was used.

Certainly 14APR15 was incredible. How else could you describe about five zero strangers meeting up at an airport in Philadelphia, for a bus ride that would become the start of one of the biggest challenges they would ever face? Incredible – the chaos when the bus doors finally opened and echo-191 finally encountered a Company Commander in the flesh and it begins, one zero seconds for everyone to be off the bus and formed up – “wow the cold and that wind! Where did all these sea gulls come from? Who are those guys in formation?” – Throw in a multitude of other sensory overloads of a new environment into those one zero seconds and can get a feeling what it was like.

Incredible how much Echo-191 has grown from that point. Sure, they are all still their parents’ babies – if they claim they don’t tear up reading letters, they are lying – but those strangers have progressed from a clueless, panic stricken forming company into a more respectable and cohesive unit. During the previous two weeks, the company has shed away their first names, civilian clothes (proudly donning the dark blue operational dress uniform (ODU), sneakers (go-fasters and Boon Dockers), and hair (men anyways), while learning the joy of “pushing the earth” during incentive training. They have been issued their first pieces (M-16) and began training the Manuel of Arms. On top of all these changes lays stress.

Incredibly overwhelmed would describe mostly every member of Echo-191. In addition to the numerous physical training sessions, the company has a mountain of information to have memorized once presented. This includes class work, required knowledge (such as the differences between enlisted and officer uniforms/rates/rank/pay grades) and “plan of the week” daily information quick memorization is a must when every bit of information presented can be called upon and demanded to be known – in the correct fashion and as loudly as possible.

Currently, and for the majority of Echo-191’s time at Cape May, teamwork, discipline, and timed objectives are at the forefront of every task. These strangers are being molded into capable, professional, and dependable shipmates. It’s incredible to compare what we all were and what are quickly becoming much more growth, as a company and individually will be demanded before these eight long weeks pass and we can proudly step forth as permanent party members of the United States Coast Guard.



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.