Romeo 197 Recruit Journal Week 05

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Romeo 197 Recruit Journal

Formed: July 09, 2019

Graduates: August 30, 2019

Before recruit training ever started, I can guarantee you each recruit came in with the same ultimate question. “When does boot camp ever get easier?” We all looked in our handy dandy helmsman begging for some answers. Well, the reality is, boot camp doesn’t get easier, recruits are just supposed to get better. In fact, week 05 started with our toughest challenge yet. The weekend prior we had spent hours preparing ourselves for the infamous battalion inspection. This inspection consisted of multiple Section Commanders analyzing every detail of our uniforms, racks, and rucksacks. Without mercy shipmates were being sent aside for to their discrepancies. For those who were sent aside from the rest of the company; their hearts were already in their stomach at this point. Next came a test of our required knowledge which gave many of our shipmates a second chance to stay with the company. Unfortunately for 02 of our shipmates, they’re failure to keep up with the standards of the Coast Guard led them to walk the plank to SIERRA-197 company. For the rest of us, it was a huge weight off of our shoulders. Thankfully our Company Commanders were quick to put that weight back physically with some piece intensive training right after.

03 days later, ROMEO-197 received their orders. It was actually quite a touching moment for the company and the Company Commanders. Smiles were shared throughout the squad bay. Lord knows our Company Commanders had been waiting for this day as long as us. From Alaska, to Puerto Rico, to Virginia, to Iowa, our company was being assigned all over the United States and beyond. Now that the recruits of ROMEO-197 have their first orders, it has created a whole new mindset towards boot camp. Petty Officer Toliver said it best this week when she mentioned “You guys are now in Week 05. The transition from civilian to recruit is now over. Now that you have your orders, you must now be ready to transition from recruit, to a Coast Guardsman ready for the fleet.” These words, resonated with all of us, and reminded us that is indeed time to flip the switch. Boot camp doesn’t get easier, the recruits just get better.

ROMEO-197 flips that switch pretty often. We sometimes look like Week 05, and the next day we look like the forming recruits. You never know what to expect out of our company.

At some point, our Company Commanders decided it would be a good idea to put us on the confidence course. What a show. Our Company Commanders… drum roll please… Actually showed us some emotion. They were concerned for our safety, made jokes, they smiled. It was like we were in a completely different world. It was definitely a moment for the books.

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.

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