Romeo 197 Recruit Journal Week 04

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Romeo 197 Recruit Journal

Formed: July 09, 2019

Graduates: August 30, 2019


So here we are, ROMEO-197 has reached the end of week 04 and the midway point of recruit training. Although it may feel like a milestone for many recruits, week 04 has effectively found its ways of humbling us. The physical training has only gotten more intense, and the expectations of our Company Commanders have only gotten more demanding.

Many things happened to our company this week. We were introduced to R.A.M.P., we took our midterm, participated in firefighting simulation and we knocked our sweat debt down to 35 minutes. Definitely a major improvement from the original 500 minutes of sweat debt. Beyond the constant stress due to our failures, our company has managed to see certain recruits emerge as squad leaders within our company. These recruits have been able to take the challenge of leading our company by setting the standard for our fellow recruits. More times than not, we have been able to manage well with our new squad leaders. Other times such as an instance this week when one squad leader told the entire company we had to march with our laundry bag, which lead to catastrophic failure. Best believe that squad leader had a mattress with his name on it when we got back home. He did honestly mean well by it. Our mentor, Commander Judge, showed us a video clip that basically said if “one fails, we all fail – one band, one sound.” My shipmate was just making an attempt at bringing the company closer together.

One thing we did together as a company was watch our shipmate’s introduction to R.A.M.P.
Almost all of us have been spoken to at least once with R.A.M.P., but seeing it in person made people start getting their act that day. We’ve all been working together more in attempts to ensure our permanent residence of our shipmates in ROMEO-197. A nice little marker in our journey was completing the mid-term. Most of the company passed with points to spare, we worked ourselves up for nothing. We walked into the classroom thinking we were about to take the SAT, but it was really an easy obstacle.

We marched in yet another graduation, and one of the speeches said that boot camp was the first chapter of our Coast Guard career, but this is just a prologue. We all have high hopes that our enlisted careers will make their own stories, boot camp is just how we get there. We will remember Cape May and all that it is doing for us, but I don’t think we want this to be what starts our story off.

ROMEO-197 is coming together whether we realize it or not. It’s the small things that count like when the males let the females exit main muster first because we have stairs, or even when we let a shipmate know their shoe laces are out. I’m excited to see how our relationships progress from here, and I’m excited to see the end prologue in 04 weeks.


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.