Romeo 191 Recruit Journal Week 02

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Romeo 191 Recruit Journal

Formed: August 4, 2015

Graduates: September 25, 2015


Recruit Company Romeo-191 finishes its second week at Training Center Cape May. I can speak for almost everyone when I say that this has been the hardest thing we have ever done. We got our jobs assigned: Yeoman, Squad Leader, Watch Coordinator etc. Boot camp is hard enough as it is. But these recruits pull double duty leading from within. They are indispensible to us. We spent most of the week learning basic military bearing. How to act, speak, look and march. Demand for perfection is high. Not everyone can hack it. We have already said goodbye to some. But for the ones that stick with it: we have excellent food, three squares a day. I had a sloppy joe this week that tasted better than any other I have tried. It made me want to ask for the recipe to take home. Along with all the “Coastie Joe” gear we were equipped with; we were also issued a “piece”. A plastic m16 we use to drill while marching in formation. Every day we get a little better. The Company Commanders are exactly what you think of from a Drill Instructor: LOUD, INTENSE, STRICT. We are all very tired and sore, but we are also fed, warm and safe.

Every night we have mail call. I saw a recruit fight back tears when he read a letter from his mother. So, if you have yet to send a letter to your Coast Guard Recruit, please do so for their sake. Handwritten only, and no care packages. If you already sent a letter…. Mail another one.



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.