Echo 191 Recruit Journal Week 07



Echo 191 Recruit Journal

Formed: April 14, 2015

Graduates: June 5, 2015


Week 07 Summary – Echo-191

I have often referenced the time spent here at Training Center Cape May to a roller coaster in the nightly historian log entries. Every aspect of training provides each recruit, as well the company as a whole, a full bevy of ups and downs. Week 07 was no different in this aspect. The atmosphere in recruit training has shifted drastically for Echo-191 – though the stakes have never been higher (evidenced by the total number roster shrinking still). The company is experiencing a more relaxed setting where we are treated more like the non-rates we will soon become in a few days rather than the recruits we have been during the last 07 weeks.

This week’s defining moment came on Friday when Echo-191 became the Senior Company on the regiment. Hoisted securely to the regimental flagpole proudly flies the half blue, half red colors of Echo-191 for all of the more junior companies to acknowledge. More so the overall pride and moral of Echo are quickly rising to its apex. This is most noticeable when the company marches the regiment, where Echo’s remaining 32 attached create enough noise to drown out the sounds of companies twice their size.

Major class work was completed this week. Echo took classes on First Aid/CPR, Drug and Alcohol Awareness, as well as Hazing. The company was also given their Final Exams, their Final Seamanship course (Line Handling), and a Close Order Drill/Manual of Arms Test.

Saturday saw Echo-191 equally rewarded and tested with 11 hours of off-base liberty in Cape May and surrounding areas. Though I cannot speak for all of my shipmates, as everyone departed to different areas with their ‘battle buddy,’ it seemed mostly everyone found rest and relaxation in various forms. Echo passed its test perfectly, keeping its military bearing while in uniform in public, while also returning home well before the mandated deadline.

So here we are, nearing the end of Echo-191 as a recruit training company. Soon its members will disperse into the fleet to serve its nation, guided by the Coast Guard Core Values of Honor, Respect, and Devotion to Duty. The roller coast is pulling around the late bend, slowing gradually for its completion. We remaining members of Echo-191 will never forget our time here the despair, the pain, most of all the pride. We will most certainly not forget our fellow shipmates who suffered and celebrated with us, many of whom will remain close friends for the rest of our lives. Finally we will never forget MKC Gallego, BM2 Endicott, and BM2 Gera. It is because of their dedication to the Coast Guard and to every recruit they encounter that Echo-191 will stand proudly on 05 June 2015 McElhaney, J.D.


Echo 191 Graduation Program


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.