Echo 191 Recruit Journal Week 03


Echo 191 Recruit Journal

Formed: April 14, 2015

Graduates: June 5, 2015


03 APR 15

Week zero three – A week filled with many highs, many lows, and numerous challenges for Echo-191. The bond of the company grew and evolved throughout the week. Some previously struggling members began to figure things out and progress, while a few stronger members stumbled. Echo even grew, finding new shipmates from other companies. Together week zero three proved a difficult challenge to Echo-191.

Morale is a fragile thing. In the one six, eight hours that constituted week zero three, morale found new heights and many new lows. A Monday filled with important classroom work ended with the extreme low of surprise rack inspections, leading many to be assigned to their first RAMP sessions, A nine zero minute long intense training session that shows why effort is so important.

A new very welcome change in training found Echo in classroom settings for large portions of the week. The company learned about everything from the history of the Coast Guard to practical seamanship, courses, complete with knot tying. It was not all happy, as Company Commanders always arrived as Echo got too relaxed. The Company paid for its lack of discipline – in sweat.

Echo made frequent visits to the gym, boosting moral each time, regardless of the type or level of intensity of the activity. The variety of workouts compared to normal training as well as significant gains made by many members have had a significant impact on Echo’s mood. Another new development found a select few on the regimental choir and drill team. With intense training, those members along with the others chosen for the regimental band, will be given the opportunity to perform at future graduations and events.

The biggest boost to Echo-191’s moral, by far, occurred Friday at 2000. In the windy cold of Cape May, Echo participated in a 5k run with the Community and other companies. Some ran to win, others for fun (and Barbeque!) Every member that did run for the company completed the close to zero three mile event. Two shipmates even managed top-10 finishes. Even with the solid showing, the best sight was the show of hands of the numerous individuals who had never ran that distance before. The tangible results of everyone’s hard work and dedication brought Echo to new heights.

As the week of those new heights, deeper lows, and new experiences comes to an end, Echo-191 stands on an edge. Week zero four is starting and the level of expectations continue to rise. The company must band together, the old with the new, the weak with the strong. Together they must overcome incoming obstacles. If shipmates can learn from one another and unite, Echo-191 can forge ahead and succeed.


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.