Romeo 190 Recruit Journal Week 06

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Romeo 190 Recruit Journal

Formed: December 2, 2014

Graduates: January 23, 2015

 

Where did week 06 go? It felt like we just moved into Healy Hall. Romeo-190 is one week closer to that final date. We experienced a lot this week, a lot of gains and a lot of losses. By losses I mean reversions. We went from having 88 attached in week 02 to having 52 attached by the end of week 06. There are 51 losses in 06 weeks, we went from the biggest company to the smallest in days. But like Petty Officer Impey said; for those 52 attached should be proud we made it this far in this company. They have pushed us non-stop and only 52 could keep up and rise to the challenge.

A big factor for those major losses was Monday’s surprise rack inspection by the section commanders. Some were reverted on the spot. One minute you have a rack mate and next, you see them marching with Sierra. It sent a major message to Romeo-190 and it was well received. We keep everything inspection ready in preperation for another surprise inspection. Monday wasn’t all bad though. After evening chow and an hour of marching to the corners of the regiment with loaded sea-bags, we received our company colors. Of course we had to earn it with sweat and a search and rescue mission. The red and gold now marches around proudly, singing our songs and walking tall.

Good thing it didn’t start snowing until Tuesday after getting our colors. Tuesday began fire fighting at Goff hall. This is a hands on experience and is crucial in the fleet. After putting on the fire suit and oxygen tanks, we battled a real like fire and gained the skills to last us a long time.

More big events for Romeo-190 this week: military identification cards and liberty. We are finally getting a taste of freedom! Receiving our identification cards was a big thing for us as well. It’s just another wake-up call that our military careers are that much closer. And Saturday, Chief Duncan and Chief Flickinger gave us even more insight to our Coast Guard careers.

After uniform inspection and just prior to liberty, Chief Duncan and Chief Flickinger allowed us to pick their brains about the Coast Guard. Up until this point we haven’t talked with them about Coast Guard life. Today, they were our Coast Guard Google. We asked them about stations, units, and anything Coast Guard. The time flew by and many questions were left unanswered. Chief Duncan then dropped a bombshell – Wednesday of week 07 our company commanders will allow us to ask them even more questions about Coast Guard life and will lighten up on us. Romeo-190 is looking forward to it.

Liberty was a great end to week 06. We all loaded up at the Coast Guard Exchange with junk food then marched to the Harborview Club. Time was spent on phone calls home and Romeo-190 got to know each other better. It ended quickly though. As it wrapped up, we all wobbled back to the barracks and got our game faces back on. High expectations in week 07. Romeo-190 must keep our eyes in the boat. All in all, a strong Romeo-190 marches into week 07.

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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  1. Mark & Dana says:

    Way to go Romeo-190!! Less than 2 weeks to go..keep up the hard work , the end is in sight. You’re Coast Guard careers await!!
    We’re so proud of you SR Short!!!!
    Love and prayers