Romeo 197 Recruit Journal Week 06

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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


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Here we are. As of today, Romeo-197 is now the most senior company on the regiment. This is it. Beyond this point each recruit of our company is held to the highest standard here at training center Cape May. To everyone’s surprise, Romeo is actually working their way up to these standards.

The gun range was a pleasant success for Romeo. The requirements for a flashy new pennant were at least 75%, and we got a score of 77%; coughno thanks to starboard side. Beyond our triumph at the gun range the recruits of Romeo-197 have made strides in preparing ourselves for the fleet. Most of us have already made contact with out sponsors, along with travel arrangements post-graduation. With our goals becoming more concrete than ever, it has become more of an obligation to join our shipmates out on the fleet. Our transition from civilians into seaman recruits and almost to seaman apprentices/seaman is showing just how important our missions are. From putting out fires, to firearm training, to our classes this upcoming week; we are becoming the people that are desperately needed out in the fleet.

Although we have these aspirations of becoming coastguardsmen, we just aren’t there yet. This week has also come with its humbling moments. At one point during the week starboard side completely forgot about the concept of a guide on. Since there was no guide on present, Petty Officer Repasi made us march with a swab as our guidon. Which by the way should be used more often for out squad bays, because apparently were not good at that either. Petty Officer Warren reminded us of that by having us pass sea bags for nearly an hour.

Along with humbling moments we have had character building moments. Moments we’re become warriors. The warrior cries of Romeo-197 could be heard all over the regiment today when shipmates battled for victory in the pugil stick arena. At least most of the cries were battle cries. One shipmate just gave us more of a hunger grunt. The tone of the pugil stick battle was set when our first shipmate stepped into the ring and her guard fell right before battle. Our company commanders even had a nice little giggle when that took place. It’s a different type of heartwarming when our company commanders smile. To bring this rough week to an almost end, Romeo-197 got to taste a bit of freedom during their on base liberty. Nothing but smiles filled the dining area of the Harbor View as recruits face timed their families and loved ones. No other period of time could pass by so quickly here at TRACEN Cape May. Romeo-197 had a rough start and a really rocky transitioning, but as we find our voice and our bond as a team; we are growing faster than ever. Our main mission is to fill Petty Officer Toliver with pride as we march across the parade field and become members of the fleet in two 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.

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