Romeo 193 Recruit Journal Week 04

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Romeo 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: October 18, 2016

Graduates: December 9, 2016


Romeo-193 Week 04 Summary


Romeo 193, what is your piece nomenclature? That is what was ringing through the whole regiment today. A new day for Romeo and a day for training not pain. Today marks the day Romeo-193 practiced Manual of Arms! The end of week 04 and our heads slowly coming down from the clouds. We are finally starting to make time objectives and sounding off to our Company Commanders, our confidence and pride is growing stronger by the day. We finally are starting to learn to work as a team; individuals are realizing they need to step up and be accountable for each other. Rome-193 fails as a team or succeeds as a team.

The team work amongst Rome-193 paid its dividends by allowing the company to do Manual of Arms instead of getting incentive training, it felt good. Learning close order drill movements and preparing for the later weeks of training. It was almost surreal as Petty Officer Botts began to teach. Usually the man in front of us is making us reach our breaking point, but today we got to train. Its rough looking at the moment in regards to Manual of Arms and close Order Drill. If Romeo-193 keeps  making their time objectives and acting with military bearing we will earn that training.

It felt good to march around the Regiment while practicing. Romeo-193 has officially started “Prairie Dogging” as Petty Officer Allen puts it. We marched close order drill for over an hour in the cold New Jersey night. Romeo-193 even squared off with Tango Company. We marched right at them and didn’t budge. I guess you could say we showed them who runs James Hall.

As Petty Officer Grote, says all the time, “If you give me 100%, I’ll give you 100%”. Nothing has been truer. Romeo-193 has begun to believe what their Company Commanders are saying and our performance has improved. Romeo has began its transition from know nothings to know something. Mentally the company is going well, but physically we’re tired and sore. The training is much needed time to recuperate and practice something other than pushups. Romeo was surprised with their performance today. We got stuff done in the time allotted and we earned some training.


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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