Romeo 190 Recruit Journal Week 02

 

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Romeo 190 Recruit Journal

Formed: December 2, 2014

Graduates: January 23, 2015

 

Romeo- 190 Historian Log

 

First full week for Romeo-190 in the books, like indoctrination weekend, we were told we would fail; Romeo-190 has failed this, failed time objectives, failed individually, and as a team. The one thing Romeo-190 does have is determination. You may not notice it, but we are getting a little more confident and anxious to take on the next challenge.

 

The best two words to summarize this week: Performance trackers and sweat. While at first performance trackers originated as rumors at the recruiter, they soon became a reality. A performance tracker is bad; imagine getting a report card in high school and you’re always getting F’s. Imagine getting multiple performance trackers, daily with threats of being held back. That nightmare- a prime concoction of nausea mixed with anxiety and fear – is a performance tracker.

 

We are no longer those lazy kids that got on that bus in Philadelphia; we are clean shaven, buzzed cut and covered in sweat.

 

It’s been two weeks, but so many changes have occurred. We are adults, and our Company Commanders hold us to that. Yes, they have to parade us around, but they are holding ourselves little higher, we are getting duties around the squadbay and around the regiment. Romeo-190 is going to have to take on a lot of responsibilities with a lack of companies. We are week 03 taking on week 05 duties, let’s show our chain of command, we can do it, and do it well.

 

From dawns with Chief Duncan to evenings with Petty Officer Endicott, there is a lot of sweating going on. On the bright side, the company is advancing; we are getting stronger and quicker. While some are progressing quicker than others, it is clear who is trying and who isn’t, who will succeed and who won’t. Cape May is the perfect proving grounds for who is a man and who isn’t – Rather who is a Coast Guardsman and who isn’t. One thing is certain – A Coast Guard uniform is not to be worn lightly. Just as we were told to right face many times while screaming, Honor, Respect, Devotion to duty (I’m talking at least 10 minutes of it, You have to prove that you have those qualities to don the uniform, and this week the Company Commanders are pushing us to see how badly we want it and if we possess those qualities.

 

From the 0530 Fire, Fire, Fire, to the evening sweat, we are pushed both physically and mentally. Physically we don’t want the sandbaggers, we want the men and women who can hold that canteen for 20 minutes, largely that is mental, but we need the combination of both to survive. The instructors at the gym are exercising the muscles we have never used before and the Company Commanders push us emotionally, we will be able to find that balance and we will succeed. Finally, Romeo-190 will grow and we will become fine Coast Guardsmen.

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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