Echo 192 Recruit Journal Week 07


Echo 192 Recruit Journal

Formed: October 27, 2015

Graduates: December 18, 2015

Coast Guard Recruit Company Echo/Delta 192 Graduation Program

Week 07

This week has been about making sure we can stay locked on and getting all of our travel plans squared away. We have been getting tested every single day, even if it might not seem like it to some of us. Our company commanders have started to show us their real life selves to us. However, they just as easily flip the switch. When that happens you better believe we forget what smiling and laughing is. Overall this week has been pretty great. We have won/ earned a total of 05 pennants for our guidon prime; one of them is because we totally kicked butt on our manual of arms, and marching test. Apparently it was so good that we got a recommendation from the section commander that we should receive the section commander pennant. We have heard 03 of our company commander’s talk about their coast guard careers, how their boot camp experience was, and why they joined. It was very surprising yet amusing. It was surprising because in boot camp they are expecting perfection, and in a way finding out how they messed up in boot camp just goes to show how we all start at the same place: no one is perfect. Amusing, because what they tell us they did at boot camp, what they also got for what they messed up on. We were able to fight in pugil sticks against Delta. I think our company commanders enjoyed it more than we did. They had so much invested for us to win if we were in their company. It definitely helped a lot our shipmates with all the pent up anger. We were able to let it out on the mat. Today was really nice too. It was our off base liberty I can speak for all my shipmates when I say that it definitely felt weird hearing “thank you for your service” some of also got a few things paid for; it was very humbling and heartwarming. it was definitely not something I was expecting. Today was kind of a taste of what we have to look forward to; feeling tall, proud, and prideful. We have 06 days left and we are out of here. I really don’t care for countdowns because they make the days go by so slow, but we are so close, it is kind of hard not to. There are 06 days left and we can see all your warm faces. As always we just have to stay locked on and keep our eyes on the prize. We miss all of you and we will see you soon!

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.