Papa 198 Recruit Journal ROM Week (14 Days)

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Formed: April 21, 2020
Graduates: June 12, 2020

Families, friends and loved ones – this will be the first of our weekly updates as PAPA-198 advances through each week of training. Throughout the last fourteen days we have been in what’s called ROM, or Restriction of Movement, meaning no interaction with the rest of the regiment until we have finished our 14-day acclimation period. We spent each day in an oddly calm environment (given the fact that we are at boot camp) but the purpose of this was solely to ensure we could all train safely in our foreshadowed close quarters. We were assigned a rack (bed), a locker, and an assortment of items like laundry bags, toiletries, Coast Guard physical fitness gear (which became our Uniform of the Day), and our rucksacks (backpacks) full of all of the tools and study materials we will need throughout recruit training. Additionally we were all given our own individual physical fitness equipment for our daily outdoor workouts with the gym staff. We were issued our M-16 non-guns to begin learning Manual of Arms and nomenclature. Lastly, we were introduced to marching in formation and the extremely specific lingo we were to use as recruits.

At the end of it all, we are entering real-life boot camp full of copious amounts of study time; Pumped full of the building blocks to hit the ground running when we FINALLY get to meet our Company Commanders on Thursday.

PAPA-198 transitions out of this ROM-calm environment and into, “Military indoctrination week,” full of both apprehension and excitement. Not knowing what to expect, and having two weeks of anticipation to imagine it, has us all salivating at the thought of finally getting some action. These next few weeks will definitely bring out the best and worst in all of us, but all in all, we have our sights set on June 12th, when you all will get to tune in to our first recognition as proud Coast Guard women and men. Until next time, wish us luck!

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.

Graduation Program: Posted Thursday afternoon
Go to: Under the “Graduation Date” Tab you will be able to find the Graduation Program .
To view the Graduation Live: Time: 1100 AM The live stream of the graduations are viewed by going to the training center’s Facebook page at *It should be noted that the live streams are a courtesy and not a guarantee. There could be technical issues or resource availability issues that would interfere with the stream. The live streams are not intended to be high definition productions of the graduation ceremonies. If you are looking for higher quality video products from your loved one’s graduation, you should contact VTS at 609-365-8889.

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