Romeo 190 Recruit Journal Week 04

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Romeo 190 Recruit Journal

Formed: December 2, 2014

Graduates: January 23, 2015


Weekly summary for ROMEO:


It’s the exact half way point of Romeo-190’s 8 week Coast Guard Basic Training. It’s been the hardest so far, like Petty Officer Impey said…it only gets harder from here. We have experienced both gains and losses. The thought of getting reverted and sent to Sierra across the quarterdeck is everyone’s worst fear. We see the look on the reverted people from Quebec’s face and we never want to have that look. Week 04 has kind of been like the stock market. One day it’s up, the next way down. It has highs like putting in our dream sheet and lows like Saturday’s extended sweat session. Either way, we have to do it and keep fighting, regardless of what our company commander throws at us.


Most people spend Christmas Eve relaxing with family. Romeo-190 has our own Christmas Eve celebration – sweat. Wednesday we took our physical fitness assessment. The physical training assessment is mandatory to graduate – you must pass. While the majority of us passed, some fell short and are required to go to physical fitness enhancement (which is just a workout session and another chance to take the test).


Thursday was the best day for us – Operation Fireside. Uncle Sam and the United States Coast Guard were kind enough to give recruits the day off to spend with a volunteer family. At the end of the night, nothing but good things were said – phone calls home, stuffing faces full of food. The residents of Cape May were kind enough to open up their home on this holiday. Hundreds of families lined up at the chapel to take 02-04 recruits. They were just as excited as we were.


We all walked into that recruiter’s office and saw those action photos of cutters, small boats racing across crystal clear water, and a rescue swimmer jumping out of a helicopter. We all want that…well; we took one step closer by filling out our dream sheets. Dreams of working on a cutter in Hawaii or a small boat station in southern Florida. Most of us young adults want to get up and go wherever they tell us to go. But a small few have wives, children, and other family to worry about so this dream sheet is more than that. Either way, the week will be a long week; with anxiousness – waiting for the day our company commanders tell us our orders. Will we be close to home and family, or will we have to up and relocate?


Saturday, December 27th, the day our company commander put a dagger through every one of us. From 0530 to 1630, we sweat. Directly after chow, canteens were held eye level for what seemed like forever. Sniper position ensued, taking off what seemed like only mere seconds of the 100 minutes of our owed sweat to Chief Duncan. At one point we all looked at the clock and it was only 1015. From there we knew it was a long day. Chief Duncan gave us the orders to empty our racks into our sea bags. So we stuffed our things into it and formed into marching squads. After a brief class at Sexton Hall, we had to get our belongings back to Munro Hall. Chief Duncan had the creative idea of an assembly line right through the middle of the regiment. We moved 80 seabags, ruck sacks, ditty bags, and our pieces one piece at a time, by hand. Our backs were very sore. The sweat only continued when Petty Officer Impey came. After all the sweating, Romeo-190’s true leaders and strong recruits came through. We all know week 05 will reveal the recruits that have been hiding and really put us to the test. Today was the start. Week 04 complete. It’s been long days but the weeks fly by. There will be more pressure to perform at another level and really become the second oldest company. We’ve been going through the growing pains. There has been a few recruits removed; maybe we can finally start moving and earn that training time and impress our chain of command.

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.