Romeo 191 Recruit Journal Week 04

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Romeo 191 Recruit Journal

Formed: August 4, 2015

Graduates: September 25, 2015



Sunday, 30Aug15

Week 04 Summary

This week was full of exciting events. We started out on Monday taking our pictures in our dress uniforms. They look very sharp and smart; We ordered prints, so when we graduate each recruit can bring home to their loved ones a copy to frame.

On Tuesday, Romeo Company learned the basics of weapons handling. The major topic was safety, but also we were all trained in the functions and dynamics of the standard coast guard pistol. We learned how to properly wield the pistol as well as field strip it and basic marksmanship skills. Then we practiced on a simulator, with accurate 1:1 scale pistols. They fired laser beams at computerized targets. The magazines held compressed air, which simulated the gun firing. It was all very practical and safe. Which is necessary because the next day Romeo-191 fired live ammunition out of real guns. The range was all in doors, and presided over by Department of Homeland Security instructors. The company did very well. One of our very own even qualified as an Expert Marksman, That recruit will be receiving a medal.

On Thursday, we filled out our “Dream Sheets.” Those are the forms that we submit in order to request where we would like to be stationed. Because the coast guard works in every part of the world, As well as protecting our waterways, there are an enormous number of stations and cutters that need our help. Although our needs are taken into consideration, the missions of the coast guard come first, a true example of Devotion to Duty. Most of us will know by the end of week five what our assignments are.

Another highlight this week was that on Friday our company averaged a 91% on our midterm exam. This earned Romeo an award ribbon on our Guidon. We are Very Proud of that, and hope to earn more in the upcoming weeks.

Saturday by far, was the best day for Romeo. Our morning began with a pep talk, that consisted of some interesting facts about artist Snoop Lion. You kind of had to be there to get it; ask your recruit when they get back. But after completing several evolutions within the time objective, we earned our company’s first run around Tracen Cape May. Additionally we sang Cadence led by our Assistant company commander for the first time. It filled us with pride and purpose as we marched the bay that beautiful Saturday morning, witnessing the element that we will be spending our careers working on. And observing the civilians who we have sworn to protect brings our training closer to mind.

We are getting faster, louder, and more proud with every step.

-SR Correa

-SR Lilburn

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.