Romeo 189 Recruit Journal: Week 04

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

April 28th

Romeo has been looking forward to going to the range every since coming to Cape May. Recruits learned a variety lessons regarding weapon safety, and marksmanship skills before heading in to the range simulator. Almost every Shipmate passed at the range, with a overall company score of 126, which lead the company to receive our first company pennant. We closed the day with receiving our dress name tags then heading off to receive our individual personal photographs, a very proud day for Romeo-189.

April 29th

Starting the day with a class on commitment, we got a better understanding of why we are here, and who we are serving as service men and women. The company got inspired after learning some of the sacrifices the hero’s before us have made, and their ability to put others before self. Having been months since any recruit has touched a computer, we then went to a computer lab, learning about cyber security, and the Coast Guard’s intranet. Closing the day with making sweating out some of our misbehaviors throughout the day, but the smallest company is making the most noise on the regiment.

April 30th

Today was a physical day for Romeo-189, as we laced up our “Go Fasters” for our official physical fitness test. Romeo performed well as we pushed ourselves through the sit-ups, push-up, and 1.5 mile run only to end up the stationary bikes pedaling for an hour, and pouring out more sweat. Romeo hoped for a more positive evening, although apparently we have been making our racks incorrectly, and after an inspection we made our racks over and over again until all 49 were perfect.

May 1st

There has really been only one conversation since Romeo recruits first met at the USO in Philadelphia, where do you want to go? Today, Romeo-189 completed our “Dream Sheets”, the east coasters requested the west coast, while the hopefuls asked for Hawaii, or Guam. Now comes the anxiety of waiting to find out where our new homes will be as Coast Guardsmen. More and more recruits from Quebec company are pouring into Romeo as the fear of reversion set in the hearts of Rome-189, no one wants to be reverted.

May 2nd

A Coastguardsmen should be confident, physically capable, and well trained. These qualities begin in the classroom, today Romeo-189 took our mid-term exams covering the past three weeks of training, and hundreds of pages worth of information. Again, Romeo got it done with everyone passing, and earning the companies second pennant. Still struggling with the concept of teamwork, Romeo is still aggressively trying to put our individual differences aside for the better good of the company.

May 3rd

There is only one thing on every recruits mind as we go into week 05, the more stringent inspections, and much higher standard of expectations. Knowing that every small detail could lead into a spiral downfall of catastrophic errors, each recruit is finding every possible second to square away racks, required knowledge, and uniforms. One way of our company commanders assisting with the nervousness is the constant workouts we conduct throughout the day, running, pedaling, weights, and more pedaling while today we also got a taste of the unique physical fitness test we will be performing in week 08.

May 4th

Breakfast is always quieter during divine hours. Romeo – 189 has the opportunity to sit and enjoy the delicious blueberry pancakes in peace. Some of us had residual syrup on our hand and when we turned our performance trackers in Senior Chief Ashley asked why it smelled like Aunt Jemimah a response echoed by all was because of pancakes this morning. Weird things happen here in Romeo – 189, our Monday morning inspection was actually a surprise inspection tonight. Mentally unprepared Romeo – 189 threw on their inspection ready uniforms and prayed as Chief Fredrickson fired questions and looked us up and down. As it turned out, we were the only company he’s seen who has had their belts on correctly. We were expecting yelling and the raining of trackers, but instead, we earned a rare compliment.

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.