Romeo 198 Recruit Journal Week 02

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Formed: May 05, 2020
Graduates: June 26, 2020

ROMEO – 198 has completed their first full week of recruit training in what can only be described as a sweaty, painful, and repetitive 07 days.

Our former civilian lives seem miles away, spending long days on our feet, being woken up by a screeching alarm and “FIRE! FIRE! FIRE!” at 0530 every morning and finally falling into the rack physically exhausted at 2130 throughout the day, we are being blasted with a firehose of information, proper recruit communications, required general Coast Guard knowledge, how to properly maneuver around the regiment, stow our personal property.

Our Company Commanders hold us to a crazily high standard to remember it all. Not doing so will cause you to pay the price in sweat, whether it be dropping to the ground on the spot and rapidly doing pushups until you are told to stop, or holding your “PIECE” (a fake, but still very heavy M-16) in your hands , above your head, and so on until your arms burn. These tactics are not without purpose, although they seem harsh, they motivate us to become faster learners, and though painful, paying for our mistakes is making us stronger.

The biggest hurdle ROMEO – 198 has yet to overcome is learning to work as a team. Some recruits are squared away, on top of their game, while others are less caught up, frequently repeating mistakes. But the mantra of Recruit Training is “one fails we all fail”. Tension sometimes runs high between the recruits, some feel as though when they do their part they should not have to pay for their shipmates mistakes. But that is precisely the mindset that our Company Commander are urging us to grow out of. There is no “I” in team and those who are further along must learn that they have a responsibility to lend a helping hand to the struggling recruits to get them to where we all need to be. If we do not learn this lesson soon, ROMEO – 197 has a very rough and sweat soaked month ahead of them.

We are all anxious to cross the distant finish line that is graduation. But for many of us this has been one of the most mentally and physically challenging weeks of our lives. Despite trying to keep an optimistic mind set we are all worn down. Another 05 weeks of what we have already endured, but of escalating difficulty and more and more responsibility is intimidating to say the least.

In days of endless screaming and workouts. It can be challenging for a bunch of homesick strangers to keep morale high. This is why it is crucial to become more than that. ROMEO – 198 must pull together as a team that cares about each other. We need to focus on building each other up, and then just maybe that light at the end of the tunnel will seem more attainable. With the constant pounding of stress in our skulls and the nonstop adrenaline rush. It’s hard to believe we’re actually making some lifelong memories. Until next time, Romeo-198 signing off.

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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