Romeo 194 Recruit Journal Week 05

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Romeo 194 Recruit Journal

Formed: June 13, 2017

Graduates: August 3, 2017


Romeo-194 Week 05 Summary.


Week 05 is another week to check off the list for Romeo Company. This week was particularly special for many reasons. Our Lead Company Commander Chief Orlowicz was very generous by giving us a taste of what is expected while on long distance runs with the company. We sang various cadences about old ladies and company commanders which made running surprisingly appealing. Monday was very frightening because our Section Commander Chief Brugioni inspected our uniforms. She snaked through each of us slowly looking for the simplest faults in are attempt to impress her. Let’s just say Romeo Company didn’t do so well, we received 38 gigs in all and are Company Commanders were not pleased. Seamanship class was very fun our instructor Petty Officer Conda taught us about man overboard procedures and we had to put life jackets on in less than 90 seconds. He made a game where we couldn’t talk and we had to make a boat out of our life jackets and some of us had to pretend to operate the boat while the rest of us had to make fog horn noises. On Tuesday we made a trip to the uniform distribution center for our dress uniforms, just receiving them gave us a sense of pride to graduate. Our company took part in the Red Cross blood drive, in return we were granted the one liquid you can’t live without, coffee. Now Romeo Company can finally turn off the snooze button and get caffeine running through are veins. Friday was extremely special we received are orders leading up to us trying to call loved ones and informing them of our new units. To wrap the week we had an annual visit from our mentor Admiral Kelly, he took part in the confidence course challenge, which is an obstacle course that was no walk in the park but Romeo Company got through it. Looking back Romeo as a whole was able to witness the support we received from our shipmates and company commanders. Before leaving Admiral Kelly treated us to cookies and answered questions about our new duty stations. Romeo is without a doubt moving closer to the finish line.


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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