Echo 194 Recruit Journal Week 03


Echo 194 Recruit Journal

Formed: February 28, 2017

Graduates: April 21, 2017




ECHO has completed week 03 of recruit training. As with every week, there is something that changes or evolves to make training tougher and to make recruits more aware to details and more knowledgeable for some of the tasks we will be doing after book camp in the fleet. One of those things is that we started standing watches at night that are an hour long so we can learn the importance of completing things at an exact time, security, and observe and record all that happens during the watch. Also this week, we were introduced to probation. Recruits who get probation are individuals who the company commanders need to see improvement in or the individual will be held back in training with a junior company.


Our progress as a company is slow but steady. Even though today may not have gone the way the daily scheduled dictated, we still learned lessons about integrity, time management, and having a company mind set. Integrity seems to the hiding under a thick layer of fear for the majority. Recruits remain silent more often than not when confronted by a company Commander. About sleeping in class or the recruit just denies the accusations. Today was a slight break through, with one recruit openly admitting he was asleep in class. Our time management flew out the window today. To many of us, it felt like five steps backs, as if we were still week 02.


The “Fire, Fire, Fire” drills were handed out left and right with different objectives in between. We looked like an army of confused ants that sometimes wore gortex and carried pieces. It is difficult to tell what of this are just mind games, and what is punishment for “that” recruit touching his face and talking. It seems to be taking much more time than the entire company would like for a select group of recruits to realize that their actions affect the entire company. Their minds haven’t quite grasped the concept that even though you can hide in a crowd, your individual decisions still affect those around you. Sometimes it affects enough to the point you draw attention to yourself. This is increasingly evident in the watch.


For the past week, ECHO has botched almost every aspect of the watch. Late wake ups, showing up late for watch, and just generally messing up. Chief Perez was not excited to explain the issues with the watch. Tomorrow is Sunday, Divine Hours and cleaning. Maybe the mental break will help ECHO get back to meeting time objectives. Just like last week we are still working on our team work but it will soon come together.


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.


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