Romeo 196 Recruit Journal Week 04

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Romeo 196 Recruit Journal

Formed: Sep 25, 2018

Graduates: Nov 16, 2018



Week Ø4 Entry


As the halfway point has been reached for Romeo-196, responsibilities have grown. Which increased the expectations of our Company Commanders. Large milestones have been accomplished in week 04. We have filled out our assignment papers and should receive orders this upcoming week. The company also managed to have all recruits pass the midterm exam with an eighty percent or higher. However, in my Romeo’s eyes one of the most significant changes in our fourth week is time. Time is a strange concept at Training Center Cape May. When we arrived a five minute head and water breaks were just that. Now, our breaks are spent with shinning our boots, re-ironing our lapels on our blouses, drilling the daily required knowledge; all just to avoid a performance tracker, which sometimes unavoidable. More and more time objectives are being made and as a result our Lead Company Commander has been giving us administrative time. This consists of cleaning, shinning boots, maintenance our racks or uniforms, study, or just general up keep for recruits to stay squared away.

As you may have seen in pictures of what recruits spent their time doing this past Saturday morning, Romeo was granted with the great privilege to go off base and give some valuable manual labor to the help out the Nature Center. Although the rest of the day was spent not in the most pleasurable manner, correcting out mistakes and deficiencies. It was nice to provide a large help to them and the Nature Center was very appreciative.

Another assignment tasked to Romeo is the daily flying of colors. The flying of our National ensign is a great honor. We are also preparing for a very serious inspection this Monday with the Battalion Commander. This uniform inspection can determine the fate of Romeo recruits. Be that as it may our Company Commanders have given us tools and tips to do better in the inspection. With these our boots will shine brighter and become glossy, loose threads will disappear, we will look perfect for the inspection. Romeo Company is making great strides in training. Nevertheless, we still have not molded into one team. This will need to come together as soon as possible because week five is search and recuse week. Romeo will have one five minutes to get up, make muster, change, shave, brush our teeth, and be outside stepping off for morning chow. Teamwork is going to be essential this week, and if we do not mold into one, week 0five will be one of the most difficult. As long as recruits rely one each other and not on themselves alone, every mission in the Coast Guard is a team mission.


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.