Romeo 197 Recruit Journal Week 03

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Romeo 197 Recruit Journal

Formed: July 09, 2019

Graduates: August 30, 2019


During this journey we call life, we often find ourselves questioning who we are, or why we choose certain paths over others. Currently as it stands at the end of week 03 the recruits of ROMEO-197 find themselves asking these questions on a daily basis.

We struggle to find our voice, and it ends up costing us a lot of sweat. During our sweat sessions, we are usually yelling some type of phrase; but on Monday, Petty Officer Warren made us whisper a phrase, and that was most definitely ten times worse. That was before he made us clean SIERRA-197’s squadbays because we were too quiet.

Beyond the grueling sweat sessions, the transition from week 03 to week 04 has definitely come with its learning lessons as well. From Close Order Drill to Manual Arms, many of us have been introduced to a whole new lifestyle away from the civilian world. Our Lead Company Commander Yeoman 2nd Class Toliver has worked a great deal with finding a way to manage all 90 of our egos to follow her lead. I say 90 now, but every day that number could change. The standards and expectations here at Cape May only becomes higher with each passing day. Those who fail to meet the standards of required knowledge, physical fitness, and most importantly integrity are shown the door fast.

ROMEO-197 has lost people in this week alone. It is a struggle because we’re spending every waking moment together, just to have people ripped away for using the head without shoes, eating chewy bars after TAPS, and some even forgetting to do laundry. None of which sound like a big deal, but here at TRACEN Cape May, it’s the whole deal. We are starting to realize how much our shipmates actually mean to us, so it’s difficult to say goodbye to them. These are trying times in Coast Guard Boot Camp, and if ROMEO-197 doesn’t step up their game, we could all be reuniting in Healy Hall… with SIERRA-197, we’ve actually run into SIERRA-197 a couple of times this week in the galley. It was not a pretty sight considering how their Company Commanders tore us to shreds knowing they will be taking many of the recruits from our company.

This Friday also marked the start of probation belts for our company. Chief Orlowicz made sure to give the recruits their red belts before we marched at graduation for the rest of the company it was a reminder of what we didn’t want. The time has come to hold each other accountable. Even if it means reporting fellow shipmates to Company Commanders. ROMEO-197 may not exactly have an identity yet, but we are slowly but surely forming one before our very eyes.



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.