Echo 198 Recruit Journal Week 02

International Maritime Signal Flag Echo

Formed: November 19, 2019
Graduates: January 10, 2020

Week 02 started exactly how you would guess. We met our 04 Company Commanders.

The men who tell us when to eat, sleep, shave and sweat. They were introduced by the Commanding Officer Captain Felger, she met all of us at the USO in Philadelphia and rode the bus with some of us. Immediately after the captain gave us a few words of advice and a few promises our company commanders started screaming at us and it hasn’t stopped yet.

We soon found out the hard truth that even though we thought we were ready. We are not even close. Throughout the week, we failed again and again and again and so forth. Don’t get it wrong when we say we failed. Because every time we failed we tried again and again. No matter how badly we stuttered through our vocabularies or our required knowledge we do what we can to spit out the right words fast enough when questioned. When we mess up, we push. When we push we do so until our Company Commanders tell us to stop. The truth is we weren’t ready for this. But we won’t give up. We have struggled through the week learning to march and taking a lot of classes on watch standing, the ranks of the coast guard, dental classes, and even some interesting classes like civil rights awareness, and work life programs. Yet somehow every single day we can see the improvements in ourselves and our teamwork as we learn to adapt.

We got our company jobs this week and many are already losing them. We’re all still trying to get acclimated to this type of lifestyle, however, once we understand the true meaning of the Coast Guard core values, we will make it through this vigorous program.

The letters from home have been cherished more than we could have imagined, thank you for supporting us and please keep writing! With week 02 behind us, we are ready to see what challenges lie ahead in Week 03, we know there will be plenty of them. However, we all came here as ECHO-198 and we all plan on finishing as ECHO-198!

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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