Romeo 194 Recruit Journal Week 04

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Romeo 194 Recruit Journal

Formed: June 13, 2017

Graduates: August 3, 2017


Romeo-194 Week 04.


Week 05 is approaching us like a landslide from an earthquake. Time is flying. We’ve closed our eyes for a brief second and week 05 is suddenly upon us. Romeo Company visited Sexton Hall today which is where new shipmates or recruits are dropped off the bus for the first time. It is where we all began this crazy journey. Today we were taught how to stand watch in this building looking over our new shipmates fresh off the bus as they spend their first night in Cape May. It feels as if moments ago, we were spending our first night here. Time flies when you’re busy and this week we did just that.

This week has been without a doubt, the fastest paced week we’ve experienced in basic training thus far. We are truly beginning to take real steps towards our goals. In one week alone we learned basic firefighting skills, picked out our “Dream” Duty stations, took our physical fitness tests, and completed our midterm exams. Our Lead Company Commander, Chief Orlowicz also let us have a taste of what even routine could be the other night by letting us run the track for 2 miles doing sprints racing each other, instead of holding canteens over our heads for hours. This was to teach us how things could be if Romeo company does our jobs right the first time. However, with accelerated training and a few more freedoms to be earned, we’re also fleeing the pressure to perform like this company has been here for 04 weeks. No joke we feel real pressure, intense pressure, the kind of pressure that turns dark lumps of coal into gleaming diamonds. Diamonds that can’t be broke. Our instructors are tough, but the world is tougher. Right now we face immediate actions and reactions, when we mess something up we sweat and needless to say we been sweating a lot!

In the real world however a mess up could lead to people getting hurt, or even dying, but the lessons we’re learning now will only make us stronger. There is a new sense of cohesion that is found only teams forced to work together under this kind of stress. We are learning true teamwork; one person screws up, we all pay. There is a need to lookout for our fellow shipmate. Our bodies ache, our voices are sore from screaming all day long but Romeo Company charges on with no time to spare. For many of us, our desire to succeed is stronger than physical and mental torment. We realize that pain is temporary, but disappointment can last a lifetime. We continue pressing on in this craziness called boot camp with no idea what tomorrow holds for us. That’s half the excitement! We have come so far, but we have so much more ahead.


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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