Romeo 197 Recruit Journal Week 02

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Romeo 197 Recruit Journal

Formed: July 09, 2019

Graduates: August 30, 2019


Graduation Program: Posted Thursday afternoon: Week 7 Blog

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Under the “Graduation Date” Tab you will be able to find the Graduation Program


To view the Graduation Live: Time: 1100 AM

The live stream of the graduations are viewed by going to the training center’s Facebook page at


*It should be noted that the live streams are a courtesy and not a guarantee. There could be technical issues or resource availability issues that would interfere with the stream. The live streams are not intended to be high definition productions of the graduation ceremonies.


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“Carpe Diem”, a phrase preached heavily by Robin Williams in the movie, “Dead Poets Society”. Well, as we’re all aware, “Carpe Diem” translates to “Seize the Day”. Which seizing the day in TRACEN Cape May is quite near impossible.

As some people, or most people know, all recruits had to march for Captain Gibbons’s retirement ceremony. Not much seizing to be done there, but only because ROMEO-197 would rather sweat and intensive train as opposed to doing something that might make a little difference in our act.

Anyways, we made a deal with Petty Officer Toliver; if we could march perfectly for Captain Gibbons, then we could have bread, juice, salad, and much more opened to us at chow. As always, no one expected to receive any type of reward, mainly because ROMEO-197 is not quite up to par with marching, or really anything for that matter. Nothing but fear washed over us as we marched in the ceremony, and nothing in me believes that Petty Officer Toliver didn’t feel the same. She needed us to prove that she’s doing her job well, but she’s amazing. ROMEO-197 is blessed to have someone like her as our Lead Company Commander.

Alongside marching in Captain Gibbon’s retirement ceremony, our company also had the honor of being introduced to one of the most established members of the Coast Guard in Commander Judge. We were told that he was going to be serving as our company mentor. (Lord knows we needed one of three) The first thing Commander Judge had us do was stand and introduce ourselves. One by One, each of us mentioned from where we were from, who we were, and why we decided to join the Coast Guard. Although our company has been together for a little over a week, it was clear to see given our stressful environment that we had yet taken the time to get to know each other yet. It was interesting to see how diverse our company was from Vancouver, WA to San Juan, PR. Our company had it all. People from all across the United States with different reasons for joining the Coast Guard, but all united for a greater purpose.

Commander Judge reiterated how important it was for all of to work as a team. No matter our differences, boot camp is difficult for everyone. The moment one chooses to be selfish, ex (sandbagging, not rushing for time objectives, not communicating properly) he or she becomes a detriment to the unit. That is what basic training is all about. Preparing those who are willing enough to show enough devotion to duty for their first units out on the field. This is what will make us Semper Paratus.


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.