Romeo 197 Recruit Journal Week 07

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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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07 weeks ago, the recruits of Romeo-197 stepped off of a bus on to the regiment grounds here at Training Center Cape May. We were lost, scared, and questioning what in the world we just got into. Little did we know the hell on Earth we were about to embark on. Fast forward 07 weeks of sweating, failures, and constant learning lessons, Romeo-197 has matured into the senior company on the regiment. We have come far from the days of INDOC weekend, but this week our Company Commanders had something in mind to remind us of where we came from. In fact that’s exactly what they did; they took us back to INDOC weekend. All of a sudden we were marching to the galley in our go-fasters and “snap-snapping stepping off with our left foot” all over again. It was as if we were reliving a nightmare. Next came a sweat session for the ages. Petty Officer Toliver had us scream at the top of our lungs why we decided to join the Coast Guard. As each shipmate screamed their respected “why” tears began to combine with our sweat. Following the sweat session, Petty Officer Toliver toke us to witness the arrival of Whiskey Company. It was a reminder of how far we had come from that day we got off that bus 07 weeks ago. She reminded us of our why, and what we went through. Next came the moment we had all been waiting for. We were commanded to about face, and there it was; our colors just sitting in the grass for the taking. Immediately the recruits of Romeo-197 had sprinted towards our colors as if our hair was on fire just to mosh pit in joy!! It was a moment that will forever be remembered. Simply sharing that moment with all of our shipmates made 07 weeks of hell all worth it. From now on you’re going to hear Romeo-197 singing around the regiment loud and proud with “Dumpster Fire” as our guide on of course.

It was a pleasant flip after we earned our colors. All of our company commanders gave us debriefs, and told us their personal history. They were really open with us and let us ask them questions. The respect we thought we had for all of our Company Commanders skyrocketed, and now I’m sure my shipmates and I view them as some of the most influential people in our lives. It’s crazy to think that we could all be so grateful for the people who caused us the most pain; but even while we were sweating, they made sure to teach us. Petty Officer Toliver never turns a challenge down. Petty Officer Warren lost everything due to Hurricane Katrina and build himself back up. Petty Officer De La Rosa is actually a diver, and even came back from a torn ACL. There are just so many things that we didn’t know.

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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