Romeo 194 Recruit Journal Week 02

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Romeo 194 Recruit Journal

Formed: June 13, 2017

Graduates: August 3, 2017


“Eyes in the boat shipmate” “Try harder shipmates” “Get louder right now ROMEO!”

These words have echoed through the halls of our company hundreds of times this week and this Saturday marks a significant time of reflection as Romeo Company is rounding second base and heading into week 03. The amount of transitioning this company has achieved is phenomenal considering that all of us possessed zero military bearing as of less than two weeks ago. Boot camp is very physically demanding. I repeat, very physically demanding. However, it is also extremely mentally demanding. There is a plethora of required knowledge that each candidate or “Recruit” must obtain to even be considered for graduation. Now in a normal learning environment like a classroom for example, learning can be pleasant and easy. However when you’re eating lunch with your fellow shipmates and you get stopped by three screaming Company Commanders, demanding that you recite information you just learned that morning , sentences can quickly become mumbled nonsense. Romeo Company is making the adjustment slowly but surely.               Looking back on this week we have been moving at 100 miles per hour 100% of the time. From when we wake up at 0530 to when we go to bed at 2200. In just two weeks this group of young men and women from all over the world has had monumental growth compared to when we started. Some highlights from the week include spending 3-5 hours putting together our racks only to have our assistant company commanders who apparently have a keen set of eagle eyes, come and demolish our racks. Their eagle eyes can spot a rack item ½ inch out of place from a mile away. I’m talking real precision here folks, years of military discipline combined in one building. There was a lesson in this though, as with all evolutions we complete. While they not make sense to us now, they make sense to those with a bird eye view. In the past two weeks we have learned to properly march around the regiment. We got our legs nearly burned off during an intense cardio cycling class and we were issued pieces (weapons) that are rubber for now. We also finally earned our first mail call which makes everyone feel the special joy to read something from home. You can truly see it on some of our shipmate’s faces. We get that five minute break from all the craziness and choreographed chaos. Yesterday we were visited by none other than the man himself Admiral Kelly. The admiral joined all of us in the morning for a cardio session. Then he and his wife took the time to sit down and with us and have an open floor question environment. It was truly an honor for all us mere E1 recruits to talk to someone who has made a career out of their dreams. ROMEO Company, with the direction of our company commanders is becoming better each day.


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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