Romeo 190 Recruit Journal Week 05


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Romeo 190 Recruit Journal

Formed: December 2, 2014

Graduates: January 23, 2015



Five weeks down, three weeks to go. Romeo-190 has experienced much growth as a company in a matter of days. More classes that will serve us in the fleet on a day to day basis and less reasons to sweat. Of course we sweat on a daily basis – but it’s with purpose. In our forming weekend, they told us to move fast and be loud; it took Romeo-190 five weeks to finally understand the purpose. We move with a sense of urgency and scream until our voices are hoarse. It is never good enough for the company commanders because we can always moved faster and be louder. That will come in time. In the Helmsman, there is a page with a stress index. Forming weekend being the most stressful and graduation being the optimal level. Well they did not take week five into consideration. Inspections, RAMP, probations and reversions. That is everyone’s biggest fears and the stakes are higher. Better perform or spend another week in Cape May with a different company.

The week started out quick – week 05 didn’t hold any punches. Start of the day Monday and a section commander inspection was on schedule. This was a day of reckoning for a large portion of Romeo-190. This is where we had our first big taste of RAMP and reversions. While in the earlier weeks it took quite a bit to be reverted or get RAMP, it didn’t take much that day. Back pocket unbuttoned? RAMP. Uniform looking rough and can’t about face? Probation and RAMP. RAMP stands for Recruit Attitude and Motivation Program. It is a solid 90 minutes of sweating and screaming. The program does its job though – once you do it, you do not want to go back. It serves a purpose – to re-focus recruits and to motivate them to never come back. Another big thing this week – the move.

Most days Romeo-190 is up at 0530 with one of our Company Commanders but Friday was very different. 0430 wake up by our Battalion Commander. There was no messing around that morning. Better move fast and better be right. We had 25 minutes to move everything that Romeo-190 has accumulated in the last 05 weeks to Healy Hall. This is big! This means we are a senior company on regiment. We are the company that younger companies want to be like – faster, louder, and doing cooler things. This also meant that we’re going to receive our orders. Ever since we submitted that dream sheet, that’s the only thing on people’s mind. Wondering the possibilities of where the Coast Guard will take them. Saturday was that day! We knew something was different because our morning routine was different and there were more Company Commanders. With Chief Pata present in the rain, each one of us stood in front of our chain of command and rang that bell as we yelled out our orders. From Alaska to Puerto Rico and everywhere in between, Romeo-190 will make a presence in the Coast Guard.

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.