Echo 194 Recruit Journal Week 05

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Echo 194 Recruit Journal

Formed: February 28, 2017

Graduates: April 21, 2017





Week 05 has been hitting hard. Like “a ton of bricks” hard. Search and Rescue week was in full swing. And for the most part, the company has been doing better at making the 15 minute time objective. I was told this morning that we made it to morning chow in 13 minutes. But “Pride cometh before the fall”, right? Our focus slips after that initial victory. We start missing the easy targets with 10 and 05 minute head and water breaks. Commence Incentive Training. “Squad press position taaakeee!!! Ringing out like a familiar pain. I swear I fall asleep every night counting repetitions in my head. But as much as we hate incentive training, I see us beginning to understand the “incentive” part more and more ach time. We were told early on in recruit training that we would dictate training. If we met expectations, we would learn. If we didn’t we would sweat. I think many of us; I included thought it was a bluff. We thought the objectives they gave were unattainable, and we would get smoked no matter what. But as we started meeting objectives, we discovered the objectives were possible, and that training could be very different if we worked for it. Which brings us back to today, for much of the day; we marched ourselves as a company. We spent much of the day in a classroom after chow. We learned boat crew responsibilities, personal flotation devices, and coast guard history. It was both interesting and inspiring to learn of some of the founders and heroes of the nation’s oldest maritime service. In the evening, we took a company run. Not as a test, or assessment. We didn’t go at our own pace. We ran as a unit. It was important for us to see how the company could look when we acted as a single unit instead of individuals. And last, but certainly not least, the company had a change of leadership. The old squad leaders were relieved and replaced by new faces. It’s on us a company now to rally behind our new leaders as they step into this new role. In this moment, I’m reminded of an excerpt of the Coast Guardsman manual that we’ve all become familiar with:


“Like moral responsibility, discipline is another word with more than one meaning, sometimes discipline is used to mean punishment, but the real meaning of discipline can best be described by the words right attitude. Well disciplined people have the right attitudes. They are willing to follow orders because they believe in what they are doing. They respect their leaders, and believe they are getting a square deal from them.” I guess we’ll see how disciplined Echo Company really is now. – SR Davis, C.H., ECHO-194


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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