Romeo 195 Recruit Journal Week 06

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Romeo 195 Recruit Journal

Formed: Jan 30, 2018

Graduates: March 23, 2018




“The days are long but the weeks fly by”, is how Romeo company best describes their past 06 weeks at Training Center, Cape May. Training Center, Cape May is perhaps the only place that consistently makes 20 minutes feel like an eternity with a piece in our hand and 06 weeks down in the blink of an eye. This week has been both exciting and stressful for Romeo Company. We received our Lead Company Commander, Petty Officer Lora’s seal of approval also known as our colors! Yes, the beautiful crimson red and deep yellow cross wave on the flag leading our company around the regimen! This sign of approval is properly hoisted on the shoulders of every Romeo recruit signifying we have come together and learn to work as a unit. We now hold ourselves to a higher standard. All of Romeo is eager to perform at their best not just for the pride of the company but to represent our company commanders and make them proud! From forming until now we have learned a lot as a unit and from that we have grown as a family.

Things seem to be easier now, but the only thing that has changed is awesome. The time objectives are concord faster as shipmates use the key ingredient teamwork. This allows us to have the recipe for success! The standards have not been lowered nor will they be, but we have learned to move fast, get loud and work together to accomplish our goals. Do we make mistakes? Of course, but we know that we got it so we pick ourselves up by our bootstraps and re-blouse our pants, fix our collars and work together to meet in the end with a mission complete. Once again. Romeo still will continue to learn make no mistake we are not done yet, but we have unlocked the door to success.

Week 06 was a great week for Romeo! We received our colors from our company commanders which is a huge accomplishment for any company. The way in which we receive them though was a reality check which mentally and physically brought us to the real world outside of Training Center, Cape May. On Tuesday, after breakfast Petty Officer Lora led the march to somewhere we had never been before, through the front gate and off base! All we could wonder was. What is on the daily schedule, what did we miss that would take us out here? Is he setting us up like a goldfish getting ready to be flushed down the toilet? Petty Officer Lora led us to the fisherman‘s memorial approximately 1/2 mile down the road from the training Center. We were greeted by a statue of a woman with a child leaning on her to each side and her gaze fix towards the sea as hard and unmoving as the stone she was made out of. Next to the statue was a short wall with names of sailors forever lost to the sea and those who love them on the land. Those names were people that were not saved. Those names were people who in their most desperate moment of need had no help. When we do not move fast or ready people die. We are a life-saving service and it is our job to do everything possible to help bring people home to their families and not let the only thing left be their name. The reality of why we trained so hard hit all of us deep, in that moment none of us could have gone back, we will always be accountable not to just our company commanders but ourselves to move like lightning and do things the right way.

If it is uncomfortable, you’re doing it right! The hard way is the only way! After being embodied by this newfound spirit, we all about faced to find our three assistant company commanders behind us with our beautiful new colors for Romeo Company standing upright on the sandy beach behind us. Or lead company commander asked “do you see something you want Romeo? We shouted as loud as we ever had, “Yes Petty Officer Lora!” he replied. “Go get it“. We stormed the beach and hoisted the guidion into the sky, proud to be part of Romeo and proud to be training to be in the United States Coast Guard. Company tradition is to name the guidon after receiving its colors. As zappy as it is we chose to name her “Juliet”. Receiving our colors on top of having a greater set of responsibility, means we receive the privilege to march by our company commanders with a song as our cadence. Letting the entire regiment know about our success!

The rest of week six was composed of firearms training. This was awesome because we got to learn initial loading procedures, how to drawl the pistol from a holster, emergency reload and clearing procedures for the standard issue 40 caliber SIG. After the first day of practice here at Training Center, Cape May using non-pro Jack tile dummy rounds, we took our talents to the transportation security agency federal air marshal training center to practice those procedures with live rounds. As well as practice our marksmanship skills. If we score above a certain percent as a company we receive a black marksmanship pennant for company guidon!

Another inspirational moment from this week was spending time with our company mentor Admiral Vogt! After A morning bike workout with The Admiral we had a question and answer session asking for advice related to making a first impression with our new unit, that which we are deeply grateful for his time and advice which comes from many years of great experience.

So there you have it! See, what an incredible week. Last but not least, yes there’s more, we were granted on base liberty and able to reconnect with our family and friends on our cell phones. As if the it could not get any better! Week 06 has hands-down been the best week so far and we hope to stride into weeks 07 confident, competent and able to make it the best week it!


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.