Romeo Recruit Journal: Week 03

Formed: April 8, 2014
Graduates: May 30, 2014


April 21st

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If you were to ask any Romeo-189 recruit what are the best and worst parts of training do far, many would answer today. Of course, the food is good, the Operational Dress Uniforms are cool, and everyone likes how fit and healthy they are becoming. On the other hand the yelling is stressful, and scraping together a single moment for yourself is practically impossible. The highlight of today was being able to wear the “Mustang” suit, which is a anti-exposure coverall designed to prevent hypothermia. Bobbing in the pool learning several different cold water survival techniques was able to give us a prideful smile.April 22nd

Sleep deprivation is beginning to set into the ranks of Romeo-189 today. We had 05 hours of safety, handling hazardous material, and personal protective equipment. It might as well as been a lullaby for many of us as we fought off the sandman avoiding a 5 second blink. This evening the company met an old sailor named “Davey Jones”, a massive live weaved together to hold over our heads over and over again, and sounding off as loud as possible. We find safety in numbers, when small details are forgotten, a smile is perceived, or a whisper to a shipmate is busted the yelling can be tough. Many of Romeo’s recruits are discovering that redemption can be found by sounding off and owning up to our mistakes.

April 23rd

Romeo’s family has grown with 05 more Shipmates joining us this week. Reversions are a necessary evil in Recruit training, and nobody is happy about going back a week, although Romeo welcomes their wisdom. Today we learned about leave, liberty(time off), and our new health care. Romeo had their first trip to the “Dungeon” the dungeon is a cardiovascular callisthenic circuit workout designed to turn recruits into whimpering puddles of sweat, as sore as we were we still enjoyed it. We finished the night with a visit from Father Fronk, who brought news from the outside world of sports, news, and entertainment. Lights out at 2200.

April 24th

At 0530 everyone is woken up with “Fire, Fire, Fire”!! then quickly followed with incentive training. Some of our Shipmates were selected for the Ceremonial drill team which will be performing numerous military drill events during our time in training, and hope to performing during our own graduation for our families to see. Romeo-189 is slowly learning to stand on our feet, as our Company Commanders have begun letting us march ourselves around to and from seamanship, almost like taking our parents car out for the first time without breaking it.

April 25th

One interesting thing about Romeo-189 is we are part of the training process for newly assigned Company Commanders. Today 07 students took Romeo for a series of Close Order Drill as they were evaluated how well they able to march us from point A to B. When they solicited us feedback, nobody dared to raise their hand in fear of potential sweat to follow, although some did provide some helpful feedback. Most of the company attended Friday choir practice, while others remained back in the sqaudbay working on shining boondockers and preparing uniforms for the constant never ending inspections. Looking forward to week 04 when we are able to fill out our dreamsheets and find out where we will future stationed working in the Coast Guard.

April 26th

Romeo spent the entire day at Seamanship class learning to man the helm on some high tech simulators as we received various commands through headsets and scored on well we executed orders. It was a exciting hands on evolution considering most of the classes so far as been death by powerpoint fighting off the urge to fall asleep during class. Unfortunately though, Romeo-189 did lode our military bearing and the squad leaders are being held accountable for the indiscretions of the company. Following chow resulted in yet another inspection of racks, ruck sacks, and uniform only to results in more training and Romeo-189 trying to get the concept of teamwork.

April 26th

Romeo – 189 spent the day at seamanship learning to man the helm. We took turns using the high tech simulators, we gave orders into our headsets for rudder adjustments, and were scored based on our proficiency at repeating commands, executing them, and advising when complete. The excitement and the hands on training after so many power points was a welcome relief. However, Romeo – 189 lost their military bearing and the chit chat cost us. The squad leaders were assigned extra incentive training, needless to say they were not happy and the rest of the company/shipmates felt awful for what they had done. Senior Chief Ashley was ready with inspections. Romeo recruits were dinged for gear adrift, dirty laundry, garbage, and contraband. These performance trackers were the final straw of our lost military bearing. So we were ordered to pack all of our gear into our sea bags, adding our ruck sacks, pieces, boondockers, and dirty laundry. Romeo played the not so popular game of inspection read rack in an hour. Amongst the chaos a since of teamwork shined through, though the infighting and growing animosity continues.

April 27th

The rift between the squad leaders and their shipmates got worse today. We’re having issues adjusting to the new authority figures. Squad leaders are Romeo – 189 lifelines to the company commanders. If they’re successful then the entire company is, if they fail so does the company. When one squad leader is just as much as the problem as they are the solution, things get confusing. An impromptu meeting prompted conversation for others opinions. There is division within the company on which three leadership positions they trust the most. Romeo – 189 needs to take a lesson from their history class today, we learned epic tales of valor and bravery of Coast Guardsmen before us. If Romeo – 189 can figure it out, we also may have a shot to prove ourselves against the history books.

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.