Echo 196 Recruit Journal Week 05

International Maritime Signal Flag Echo

Echo 196 Recruit Journal

Formed: Jun 05, 2018

Graduates: July 27, 2018

This week was like a one hit wonder. It catches everyone’s attention and surprises people at first. Then it starts to over stay it’s welcome and it falls apart. We came into the week strong, garnering some positive feedback from the Battalion Commander during the week 05 uniform inspection. The next day we were fitted for dress uniforms and started to feel pretty spiffy and confident. Echo 196 was getting their act together and things on the regiment were looking up. With only a few minor setbacks, we rolled right into a major milestone at the end of week 05 when we received our orders.


After phone calls home to tell loved ones about where our first duty stations will be, the excitement that comes with planning for the next chapter of our Coast Guard careers faded fairly quickly as we let our newfound confidence get the best of us. Missed time objectives and subpar cleaning found E196 right back to learning lessons the hard way. After some humbling nights, including some regimental cleaning duties, we are back to looking forward to week 06, making plans for the future and being a senior company!


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.