Romeo 191 Recruit Journal Week 05

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Romeo 191 Recruit Journal

Formed: August 4, 2015

Graduates: September 25, 2015


Week 05

Week in Review

Written by : SR Correa & SR Lilburn
Romeo-191 just finished up Week Five of basic here in beautiful Coast Guard Training Center Cape May. For those of you not geographically located near New Jersey, let me just say that it was a HOT ONE. If we were outside, you can be sure that we were sweating. We have definitely all learned the vital importance of staying hydrated.

The Company accomplished a lot this week. We continued our Basic Seamanship Skills, learning about personal floatation devices, emergency drills, locater beacons like flares, smoke, and personal distress beacons. They work anywhere in the world! We also learned Standard radio operation protocol and practiced technique, which is absolutely essential in the fleet. When a rescue call comes in, every piece of information is vital and could mean the difference between life and death. Don’t worry though, we had a midterm on this and the company passed with flying colors.

We got our dress uniforms on Tuesday. Every single recruit got a personal Bravo Jacket. Each one exclusively tailored. We will take these with us everywhere we go for the rest of our careers, (unless we get an Officer’s commission). Along with tailored trousers, dress shirts, and that iconic military hat that we call a Combination Cover, we all look extremely smart. Just wait until you see us at graduation.

The Coast Guard, if you didn’t know, is a very tight knit group of professionals. It’s like a big family, and we look out for each other. Our command definitely wants the best for us and the rest of their enlisted members. That’s why they subjected the recruits of Romeo Company to the very bland course, “Personal Finance.” The majority of recruits are young, some just out of high school. So, learning about ways to manage our hard earned money is very important. We looked at ways to spend-thrift, plan a budget and save for retirement. Most people in their early twenties don’t think about what they will need to have saved when they get older. The government supports its service members in their responsibility to manage their money. Hopefully, everyone was awake enough to pay attention.

The biggest news was that we received our orders this week. That is to say, we now know where it is that we are going to go after graduation. It was information that we had all been waiting for with great anticipation. Some of you reading this might have received a short telephone call from your recruit, letting you know where it is they will be going. Later in week 06, you should receive another little longer call so that you and your loved ones can make travel arrangements. Not everyone got their first choice. Some people were disappointed. Some were pleasantly surprised. In any case, it was the luck of the draw. But we have been told by many active duty Coasties, that sometimes the station or cutter that you really didn’t want to go to, for whatever reason, turns out to be the best experience of your career and vice-versa. So don’t dwell on it too much. Your recruit is serving their country now, and the needs of Uncle Sam come first. But wherever we go, we will be taken care of.

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.