Romeo 192 Recruit Journal Week 07

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Romeo 192 Recruit Journal

Formed: March 15, 2016

Graduates: May 6, 2016

 

Coast Guard Recruit Company Romeo 192 Graduation Program

Romeo-192 Blog Week 07

Our schedule has never been so compacted than it was this week. Morning gym workouts, admin time, finals, off-base liberty, and most importantly debriefs. Debrief is basically the Company Commanders opening up and acting like they normally do when not in recruit destroy mode. They explained why they did the things they did. Told cool stories about past locations and stations they have been to and gave inspiring words to take with us into the fleet. We shared laughs too. The William Flores fitness challenge has begun but luckily we have been working hard this week in preparation for it. Much sweat now covers the floors in the gym. We will finish up the swim and bike portion in the near future. We had freedom with restrictions this week in the form of admin time. You either went to the Admin building to arrange payment for tickets to our the next chapters in our brand new Coasty careers or go to the exchange to buy last minute supplies. Finals for the recruits were literally the last hurdle for graduation and fortunately we all passed either the first or second time. 07 weeks of classes that everyone has, at least at one point, fallen asleep in at least once, but carefully highlighted pages and many, many prison style bookmarkers prepared us for this and it freakin’ worked! The most eventful highlight to our week was off-base liberty. It is more of a test to see how we react to the outside world. Many of us ate at restaurants or bought sugary sweets. Others went to hotels and phoned family members or face timed friends or loved ones and some went to movies. The rest did a mixture of all. It was unusual being on the outside, we knife handed everything, stood at the position of attention, belayed our last, and tried to stay in step with each other. Our attempt to find that nougaty center between recruit and our old selves is rather funny to watch. Being a Coast Guardsman requires a great deal of Honor, Respect and Devotion to Duty. Today many shipmates either had the meals or drinks paid for and many were thanked for their service. But we also paid it back; a group of us helped an elderly woman into a car just because it was the right thing to do. Our Company Commanders did their jobs well.

 

 

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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