Echo 199 Recruit Journal Week 03

International Maritime Signal Flag Charlie

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

Beginning this week by receiving our dress uniforms has been the biggest push for us as a company since we arrived. As we all retrieved our pins, all of our reasons for swearing under oath rushed back to us. It wasn’t until we were told to try on our dress coats along with our remaining pieces to the uniform. This was the one time since R.O.M where the room grew completely silent. It was completely obvious with astonished looks on our faces that we were completely stuck in the moment.

ECHO-199 could’ve easily been mistake for the senior company with how we carried ourselves to the tailor shop to be fitted. Eyes forward, shoulders back, faces lit; we were having our own graduation practice right then and there.

On Thursday we did survival float, we learned a great way the United Stated Coast Guard remains prepared. “Always Ready” after being instructed by Mrs. Robinson the proper ways to activate our float suits, we took ways to activate our float suits, we took a small leap into the pool to get a better feel of how the suits worked. Thursday was a gloomy and rainy day where plenty if stress was expected, endured, and overcome on various occasions. We are always anticipating moments where our company commanders pull a rabbit out of their hats, which keeps us forever anxious and on our toes. We are only relaxed when we are sleeping and for some reason a lot of us are chanting our phonetic alphabet, piece nomenclature and our chain of command in our sleep. On Thursday we marched over to the Enlisted Memorial to receive our orders. Petty Officer Bucaneg gave us permission to giggle and smile.

On Friday Petty Officer Bucaneg informed us that we would be able to make phone calls home on Saturday. There were plenty of tears shed on Saturday and even some smiles cracked, but the day was nowhere near over.

“Commitment” The day we all swore under Oath. We weren’t truly aware of what committing to the Coast Guard meant. Saturday afternoon was different, we received an encouraging, heartfelt and motivational clarification as to what it truly means to commit to the Coast Guard. On Sunday we had the Company Commander run which was the perfect end for ECHO Company. Believe us when we say, our Company Commanders are ensuring we earn every bit of October 9th.

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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