Romeo 196 Recruit Journal Week 06

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Romeo 196 Recruit Journal

Formed: Sep 25, 2018

Graduates: Nov 16, 2018



Week Ø6 Entry


Romeo finished week six with our heads held high. However, we soon found out that week six was not any less challenging. After receiving orders, the company began contacting their first unit to get a jumpstart on their future careers in the Coast Guard. The company with stars in their eyes, also jumped into their Service Dress Blue uniform for the first time! With shiny shoes and blue ties we began to look toward the future, after graduation. This week the company began their firearms training at Goff Hall. The company also assisted in the Halloween Festival that contained more children than you could count on a thousand hands. Games, pumpkin patches, sand art, and pumpkin painting, were a few activates that recruits helped set up and monitored. It was a nice break from the stressful environment of recruit training and our Company Commanders.

The company also went to the range in Atlantic City for their marksmanship test. With the smell of metal and gun powder, Romeo fought hard and received an 80%, which earned us the Marksmanship pennant. It may not be enough to impress our Lead Company Commander, a Gunner’s Mate, but an accomplishment to be proud of none the less! We were also informed that the Company received a midterm average score of 93%, the highest it has been in several years. This week consisted of the great peanut butter packet case where a lone prohibited peanut butter packet was found in the head trash can. The case still remains unsolved. The seasonal uniform change has taken place. Therefore, we no longer have to worry about getting trackers for not having on point sleeve rolls.

A little boost of morale, everyone switched racks and received a new bunk mate. Saturday, the day everyone waited for, finally rolled around. The day started with the company being woken up and everyone nearly wetting their racks with the amount of screaming they were bombarded with. They then engaged with the longest morning of our lives; line pulling, sniper position, a “pleasant” nature walk around the regiment…with our sea bags filled with our belongings. “They depend on us”, were the words that were engraved in our heads. We were fast, we screamed our faces off, and after hours of sweat, tears, and probably blood, Romeo finally heard the words they wanted to hear so badly. As soon as we heard “Rome Company, about face, get your COLORS”, the company rushed to the grab the Guidon which now had their Company flag and fancy work. We earned our colors and dubbed her “Juliet” for the next two weeks until graduation. Juliet will sleep soundly in Munro Hall. Before on base liberty, we were able to visit Station Cape May and the Coast Guard cutters at the pier for a tour of the facilities and speak with active duty Coast Guard sailors and ask specific questions about the unit. After the operational tour, Romeo was granted on base liberty! Everyone quickly headed to the exchange to purchase sweets and goods. Then we all proceeded to the Harborview Club to order food and break out their cell phones to call loved ones. We spoke with families and friends to explain our boot camp experiences and take a breather. The six hours flew by, but Romeo enjoyed the time. Now we can get back to work!

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.