Romeo 196 Recruit Journal Week 05

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Romeo 196 Recruit Journal

Formed: Sep 25, 2018

Graduates: Nov 16, 2018



Week Ø5 Entry


Search and rescue is one of the most important roles the Coast Guard plays. Like in the fleet search and rescue is about speed, and properly executing the mission with high stress and extreme conditions. This is a good explanation of what Romeo went through this week. Week 05 has brought to light a while other side of basic training. Recruits now know their orders, starting to dive into the later weeks of training and facing the challenges that come with that. The beginning of week 5 started bright and early at 0530 and were given 15 minutes to take muster, get fully dressed in our operational dress uniform, bloused boondockers and be at the galley when our yeoman gives the bring it on in precisely at 0545. If you showed up late then a records of counseling would be delivered. The Company was taken by our Section Commander, Chief Grote by surprise earlier this week. Although very intimidating, Chief Grote reinforced helpful basics Romeo was struggling with. He left us with a speech to light the fire under our seats to help us push harder. Our Company Commanders have given an abundance of time to complete tasks and to square away our lives. However, Romeo now more than ever must band together, because complacency kills in the Coast Guard. Although there’s 19 days left, these are a test of true character. We must act professional now just as in the fleet. As I’m sure the families have heard the voices of their beloved recruits of Romeo of their orders. When the company received our orders it felt like training was put on hold. Now Romeo knows where their careers in the Coast Guard will begin. After meeting with our company yeoman we will know Tuesday how much we will have off before we report to our stations so as I am sure all families want to know how long we will have with you all. When Romeo gets on base liberty next week, that information will be given. Romeo 196 is at a vital point in training, transitioning from a recruit to preparing for the fleet at large. Digging deep is what is required of Romeo 196 to graduate as one on November 16th.

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.