Romeo 194 Recruit Journal Week 03

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Romeo 194 Recruit Journal

Formed: June 13, 2017

Graduates: August 3, 2017


Week 03 Romeo-194       “ Sweat, Classes, and Practice.”


Week 03 of Romeo-194’s boot camp track consists of 03 words sweat, classes, and practice. We as a company started our week off with the survival float class, instructed by our Gym instructor Petty Officer Vustitch. He taught us various information such as hypothermia and Mustang suits. Mustang suits are a fluffy orange suits that you see coasties wear at stations or on cutters where the water or weather is cold. The biggest challenge was having to get in those giant orange suits in 02 minutes. Once out fluffy orange suits were on we jumped into the pool and floated for 10 minutes. It was the most relaxation we have gotten in weeks. Our company also started the core of our training this week Seamanship class. Where we learn everything we need to know to get us ready for the fleet. We learned various parts of the ship and piers, knot tying, and helmsman ship, helmsman ship is where you steer the ship. We got to go on a machine and simulate what it would be like to be a helmsman on a cutter. It was a simple task, but it was also nerve racking. Our instructor Petty Officer Conda showed us the oldest tricks in the books, sailors have been using for hundreds of years , knot tying. Tying our lines was a bit of a struggle for the company it was hard for us to understand some of the mechanics, but after some practice we got it down. Our company also took another step closer to being men and women of the armed forces. We picked up out Military I.D. cards, awesome right? Definitely yes but other than the fact that we looked like zombie’s fresh out of the grave exhausted, pale, droopy for our pictures. It also gave us a sense of pride and excitement for our future. Thursday after Seamanship class we came home to our lovely squad bays only to find them trashed. Paper, soap, sheets, and many more items scattered all throughout our squad bays. It looked like a hurricane conjured from God himself had swept through our squad bays but God did not do this work. It was the work of our savage ruthless Company Commanders and you could probably guess what we did after cleaning up our horrendous mess and throughout the week, we sweated. Sweat is the one thing Company Commanders love because they push us to the edge. One of their favorite movements is having us hold our water canteens or pieces for periods of time. What once was a three pound piece of plastic starts to feel more like 50 pounds, making a great touchier device. We were honored to be a part of November company graduation ceremony. It was an exciting experience. It was a way for the company to be in touch with the outside world other than our shipmates and are mad barking Company Commanders. On July 2, 2017 we get to take part in the sunset parade, it will be very exciting to be part of it. Romeo-194 is growing stronger, louder, and faster every day our company has faith and hope for our further weeks in training and can’t wait to see where the guidance of our instructors and company commanders will take us.


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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