Romeo 193 Recruit Journal Week 06

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Romeo 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: October 18, 2016

Graduates: December 9, 2016

Coast Guard Recruit Company Romeo 193 Graduation Program

Week 06 Summary

Wow, what a week for Romeo 193. It was another emotional roller coaster for all. R-193 was fortunate enough to be granted the opportunity to be a part of Operation Fireside. It was an experience no one will forget. A majority of recruits were not told by their recruiters we would be able to go off base with a sponsor family to have Thanksgiving dinner. So imagine the surprise when the news broke. Romeo 193 was granted use of their cell phones during this time and it was an emotional day filled with joy and thankfulness. Calls to loved ones boosted morale and words of encouragement were spread. However, the volunteers who take in the recruits are the real heroes, as if it were not for them, there would be no Operation Fireside.

Romeo also got the opportunity to qualify in small arms this week. It was exhilarating to shoot such a smooth firearm as the Sig Sauer P229R DAK .40 caliber. It was tough though because we were unable to practice. Romeo 193 literally hopped off the bus and was on the firing line. It was still a super cool experience and shipmates felt more confident and in charge afterwards. A majority of us sucked, but hey we were happy to shoot guns for free. Now that’s not a bad evening in recruit training.

Week 06 is over and it was a week of transition for Romeo 193. Long gone is the idea of not knowing what to do. Romeo 193 has begun to heed the advice of their Company Commanders and begin to show the transition into the senior company. It’s not perfect, but it’s starting to click and we are learning.


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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