Romeo 190 Recruit Journal Week 07

 

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Romeo 190 Recruit Journal

Formed: December 2, 2014

Graduates: January 23, 2015

We are finally here. Week 08 and of the 98 who stepped off the bus December 2nd, we go into graduation week with 51 recruits.

The week began with training – more hands on and practical training. However, the days began differently. We went from 0530 wake-ups to 0500 wake-ups and were at the gym, dressed out in physical fitness gear and training, by 0525. We are finally at the point where it is expected of us to act as Coast Guardsman and do what we are supposed to do, which we did each and every day. We were on time to workouts and training – no problems there. The practical training is also in preparation to prepare us to best do our duties and save lives. Monday was CPR and first aid. While some of us learned it in school, now it is practical and there is a great chance that we will be using it in the fleet here soon. Monday night was weigh-ins. Some gained some weight (definitely muscle), and some lost weight. All in all, our weights were well within the mandated weight limits and we are a very fit company.

The other big events of the week were the seamanship class/line handling and the snow. We were supposed to train outside on the mock cutter, but mother nature had other plans. The winds from the sea and the snow kept us cooped up in the seamanship building. We watched a handful of shipmates demonstrate line handling techniques that is practical and will be useful here as soon as we all hit the fleet. That evening we had our inspection by the battalion officer. While we were all nervous, lined up in our formations in our service dress bravos, Lt. Stiefel was rather nice. She corrected what needed to be corrected on our uniforms, but all in all, the inspection went fairly well.

Along with the inspection of uniforms to prepare for graduation, we got our big boy haircuts! Yes, the stereotypical high and tights that everyone gets at boot camp. Some were happy with the look and some not so much. But for all of us, it did make us happy in one way: it means that graduation is near.

The finale was Friday – our final. Had we all retained what we were mentally force fed in the short 6 weeks? The answer? Yes. All of us ended up passing! After chow though came a bit of an embarrassment. We had our marching test and we failed. Miserably. Nerves got to us. We were told to take a head and water break, relax, and try again. Second time we succeeded, which made our company commander happy enough to raise our Romeo flag on the regimental flag pole. This marks us officially being the most senior company here.

Saturday was another big day for us all – we had all been looking forward to it for a long time. Off base liberty – a chance for us to prove we are professionals and can represent the Coast Guard well in the civilian world. With South Jersey being filled with Coasties, we had to maintain military bearing at all times. Slip up and make a mistake and it was sweat – or even reversion. Thankfully, everyone stayed smart and enjoyed a relaxing day off, filled with food and catching up with family. Many went to Rio Grande and saw the new movie American Sniper.

Great end to week 07. January 23 cannot come soon enough so we can be reunited with our friends and family.

Coast Guard Recruit Company Romeo 190 Graduation Program

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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