Romeo 196 Recruit Journal Week 07

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Romeo 196 Recruit Journal

Formed: Sep 25, 2018

Graduates: Nov 16, 2018


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Week Ø7 Entry

Romeo begins to relax their muscles a bit as week seven comes to a close. The week kicked off with Romeo getting their tails handed to them by our Battalion Commander, Master Chief Wadley, which ended with Juliet being taped which was an eye opener. Master Chief Wadley sat down with Romeo and told a story about a Non Rate who was a sole survivor of a search and rescue case and he was only a couple months out of boot camp, he further explained how we needed to come together as a team because without team work we will not be able to perform in the fleet. It was clear to say the week started out rough for Romeo. Fortunately as Romeo took heed of Master Chief Wadley’s words and began molding into one, Juliet was untapped by our Lead Company Commander and still flies with us wherever we go.

Most of the company had the pleasure of getting their wisdom teeth ripped out, and if boot camp wasn’t killing you enough, now they are literally taking pieces out of you physically. However, the ward has positives, such as all the ice cream you want which kind of makes up for it. Romeo took our last visit to Seamanship and completed a line handling practical training and the final. A 91% was needed to achieve the Seamanship pennant, however we came up short by one percent, close but no cigar.

This week consisted of something new but one of the best parts of boot camp; debriefs from our Company Commanders. They consisted of the mask of being a Company Commander being dropped and gaining insight on their lives and pasts. We learned about our lead Company Commander Petty Officer Wilderman and the start of his military career in the Navy and to where he is now. Also recruits were able to ask all the questions they may have wondered about but where way to afraid to ask. Chief Lynch told us about his duck tattoo and his history as a Culinary Specialist, along with his funniest memories or in our case favorite sweat sessions. One of the most surprising debriefs we received was from Petty Officer Curry; he told us about his multiple tours to Bahrain and how he came to the Coast Guard. It’s extremely strange however, you go seven weeks or so pretty much in fear our your Company Commanders, and then you sit down with someone who has had you push the deck too many times to remember, tell you about their incredible military careers and advice to use in the fleet. Romeo gained a massive amount of respect with the insight they received and it shows how much effort, time, and care our Company Commanders put into their career and us.

Another large milestone that was accomplished this week was the Manual of Arms test and Close Order Drill test which Romeo blew out of the water. Petty Officer Curry was nervous as us due to the fact this was his first time performing this test, led us to an eight and nine out of ten for our tests. After completing the tests Romeo received the Section Commander Pennant from Chief Grote, purple, his favorite color. We then had our capping ceremony and raised the Romeo flag on the flagpole acknowledging Romeo as the most Senior Company on the Regiment.

As much as any recruit loves their piece they were finally turned in to the armory Saturday morning before off base liberty, we were sad to see them go…not at all. After ditching our pieces Romeo hopped in our Service Dress Blues and was sent out into the real world of Cape May. Juliet now carries the Lead Company Commander Pennant, her most prized possession. Off Base Liberty was pretty much spent in a couple places all doing the same thing. Either recruits were in Rio Grande, Wildwood, or Downtown Cape May; some recruits rented hotel rooms and passed out. Some went to movies, nice restaurants, pedicures, or just walked around and enjoyed freedom. As everyone reluctantly came back to base, Romeo realized something; we are week eight, we are the example, it is time to lock it in more than ever and show the regiment that we have earned our place in Romeo. Training is not over and even though we have hit huge milestones, Romeo now needs to act like Non Rates in the fleet and being the hottest company in Cape May.

SR Casciano, J. D.

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.