Romeo 191 Recruit Journal Week 03

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Romeo 191 Recruit Journal

Formed: August 4, 2015

Graduates: September 25, 2015


Coast Guard Recruit Company ROMEO-191 has just wrapped up its third week in Cape May basic training. It has been very fast paced. We are learning to march together, and we had the privilege this week to march with the entire regiment in the ceremony for the graduation of November-191. Even though we still have a lot of work to do, we didn’t look half-bad. At least we didn’t embarrass ourselves in front of the Commandant of the Coast Guard: Admiral Zunkunft.

He’s our “Big Boss” to put it plainly for the folks back home. He doesn’t usually attend graduation, but this was a special occasion: he was the official sponsor for November Company. So, he came to see them off. Also, the United States Postal Service unveiled a brand new stamp designed specifically with Coast Guard art work.

It looks really snappy, and you should definitely pick up a roll to use when you send your recruit all those letters wishing them well. We really look forward to having our name called at mail-call every evening.

But I digress; Admiral Zukunft gave a rousing speech to the recruits on graduation day. He explained how important the Coast Guard is to the safety and security of America. Demand for our special and diverse organization has never been higher. Weather systems are becoming more dynamic, and as witnessed by hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, the need for our highly skilled force has never been greater. We are a life saving service and we train hard to save lives.

This week we began our basic seamanship courses. Training to pilot ships on simulators, learning the different parts of a boat- their names and locations. We practiced tying our sailor knots and the majority of recruits already have them mastered. Unit cohesion is key. And every day we work together better, becoming a part of “team Coast Guard”.

Although our Company Commanders are stereotypically strict, they are also at times surprisingly clever mentors.

Today, at chow, one recruit was pulled out of formation for having not properly pressed their uniform. The Company Commander said ” Look at that shirt! It looks like you jumped on a wrinkle bomb Recruit!”. To which another Company Commander responded, “He sacrificed himself to save the whole company! Why, I would follow that recruit anywhere!” We had to bite our lips to keep from laughing out loud. Just another day in the United States 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.