Romeo 195 Recruit Journal Week 05

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Romeo 195 Recruit Journal

Formed: Jan 30, 2018

Graduates: March 23, 2018


Romeo 195 had a week full of emotional ups and downs, none of us were ready for. From Search and Rescue week starting our morning out as hectic as ever, we had a uniform inspection with Chief Mulligan, who makes Chief Pullen look fun. We all got our orders and got to speak to loved ones, and to top it off we received our dress uniforms and got to witness Papa-195’s graduation. As one can tell a lot of events happen that played on Romeo-195 heartstrings but we are all the better for it. The main aspect of week 05 that separates it from the rest of training is that it is considered one of the hardest because the mornings are time, and yes everything here is timed, but this is where the rubber meets the road from the time you wake up you have 30 seconds to get to the Quarterdeck for muster before changing into operational dress uniform shaving brushing our fangs and sprinting all the way to the galley ramp which all takes place within 15 minutes. Each day Romeo 195 has met the challenge and succeeded.

On top of the new stress of our morning routine, Romeo had a uniform inspection with our Section Commander Chief Milligan. Our uniform inspection made the Salem Witch Trials look tame! Before we even knew what was going on, Shipmates were in The Sniper position with heavy M1 Garand Rifles and others were holding our foam mattresses over their heads for loose threads and a number of monumental, yet seemingly small infractions. On a brighter side of our week, Romeo 195 received their orders and could not be more excited to leave this place. We think this is a potential Coast Guard tactic to have an insanely intense basic training so we are enthusiastic about our orders! Seeing all the different places Romeo company recruits will be going (Alaska, Hawaii, Florida, and California, to name a few) is so awesome, but also sad because we all continue to grow closer every day. To top off the excitement of receiving this news we also each got to make (1) 5 minute phone call to share the news with family and loved ones. This journey is not just our own, but in many cases the relocations of entire families to a new Fresh Start. Two teasers for the week that really got our engines going and our Focus back on track or receiving our dress uniforms and helping setup and teardown for Papa 195 graduation.

As a company we all went to the uniform Distribution Center to be fitted for our dress uniforms and in many cases refitted. They already had sizes out and measured to each recruit based on our initial body scans that were completed during indoctrination weekend. To our surprise, most of us needed to be resized after dropping so much weight or gaining muscles some never had before! Signs of are intensive training sessions paying off was all the motivation Romeo needed to get us through the rest of the week. After weeks of nonstop physical activity and an average of 7.5 to 6.5 hours of sleep a night under high stress we were all physically drained and mentally exhausted, but continue to push towards the goal of graduation. For those who continue to stay with Romeo we will continue to push forward and make great strides towards graduation, as well as, becoming the Best Coast Guardsmen we can be!


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.