Romeo 196 Recruit Journal Week 03

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Romeo 196 Recruit Journal

Formed: Sep 25, 2018

Graduates: Nov 16, 2018



Week Ø3 Entry


The members of Romeo-196 have pushed through week 03 with a striving attitude to be better as individuals and as a team. Many things have happened, the best part that made every recruit excited by far was the beginning of Seamanship training. What made seamanship such a fun evolution was the practical hands on training, not saying that holding a mattress above our heads and pulling line for a while are bad types of hands on training, but tying knots and learning ship terminology was an enjoyable experience. Going to sleep has never been easier as recruits are so exhausted and the snoring begins in less than 05 minutes after “lights out”.

The company has begun to stand watch at Munro Hall which started by standing watch along with recruits in a senior company in order to learn the procedures and importance of standing watch as it will continue outside of recruit training but with more responsibilities. Individuals are getting into the groove of being woken up at any point to stand watch including the dreaded 1 am wake ups. The mornings are, as in daily civilian life, the hardest part of the day. One may think that taking 15 minutes to get out of bed and putting on shoes might be impossible, but at Training Center Cape May the Company Commanders make waking up at 0530, putting on shoes, flying down three flights of stairs and all the while sounding off and in 120 seconds a very possible thing to do.

One of the next phases of recruit training is morning chow. Most people, when they think of food they think of an enjoyable meal in peace. However most people are not a recruit. For most of us the chow is the most stressful part of the day. Immediately upon entering the galley we are subject to a random involuntary barrage of required knowledge questions such as general orders and chain of command. For those who study and know their stuff chow can be a stroll in the park. Recruits of Romeo-196 have begun to bond over home sickness and how they miss their families. But the one thing that keeps people going is the thought of how their first phone calls will be and how the days are going by one by one and soon enough it will be graduation. One thing recruits always talk about is how next week they get to submit their dream sheets of where they want to go.

SR Hanfland, M. N.

Romeo-196 Historian


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.