Echo 199 Recruit Journal Week 02

International Maritime Signal Flag Echo

Formed: August 18, 2020
Graduates:  October 09, 2020

A huge week for ECHO-199, from a two week quarantine to our first full week with our company commanders. The week was filled with different types of challenges for each individual recruit but most of all it was challenging as a team.

From required knowledge such as rates and ranks or chain of command to our piece nomenclature. The recruits also learned the fundamental movements while marching in formation. There is still a lot of work to be done, but there is slow improvement from the entire company.

This week was also filled with informational classes on things like programs for coast guard men and women that we can utilize after graduating from training center Cape May. We also filled out a form called a dream sheet. Which is a form you fill out to request your dream districts, like where you want to get stationed after you graduate boot camp. Afterwards we had plenty of time to ask questions about the coast guard and what to expect when going to our first unit or cutter.

We also had a serious class about hazing and bullying taught by our section commander Chief Resto. Chief Resto told the entire company about his experience on the subject and how serious the coast guard as a whole is about it. This week wasn’t all classes though, in between those classes we had plenty of workouts. The company was introduced to our weekly gym routine. This week we did bodyweight training and core workouts with a separate section working with weights and gym equipment. For cardio the company had training sessions on the track either working on endurance or doing a fifteen minute run around the track or a workout with more speed involved.

At the end of each workout we had appointed stretching captains that lead the company in a cool down stretch. This week overall has been a pretty heavy for the entire company, but with every day the company will continue to grow to become a team.  

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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