Recruit Journal Delta 189 Week:03

Recruit Journal Delta 189 Week:03

Formed: November 19, 2013

Graduates: January 10, 2013


International Maritime Signal Flag Delta

International Maritime Signal Flag Delta




Progress, have we made any?  Well, it depends on who you ask.  If you ask our company commanders, I am sure you can predict what they would say.  As I reflect back on when we got off the bus, our bodies trembling with fear, I know we have made strides.  Not huge strides, but strides, none the less. We get yelled at daily.  As long as we try to fix our problems as well as the teamwork issues, that’s what matters.  We were having a great day today – no performance trackers, then BAM!  The Yeoman forgot the Yeoman bag.  I would say it won’t happen again, but hey…they’re are human!

            One last subject before I turn in for the night.  We love food.  The food here is good and we eat a lot; however, meal time, or should I say chow…well, that’s our least favorite part of the day.  It is funny at the Galley at times though – people having to walk as slow as possible, repetitively flipping their cups over and over, and just seeing how fast everyone moves to get out of there – now only if we could use that speed to meet more time objectives, we would have a lot less sessions of pain and sweat!



            The days are long but they seem to pass by quickly. I think I sort of got a compliment from my Lead Company Commander.  I requested to go to sick call and she said, “Wahlund, you aren’t going to keel over and die on me, are you?”  I said, “No, Petty Officer Evans.”  She said, “Good, because I don’t have time to train another yeoman.”  It made me kind of chuckle inside.  I know what you must be thinking – that wasn’t a compliment.  Hey, you have to take what you can get here in Cape May!

            I feel like I and my shipmates are adapting to this environment.  It’s been hard but when I look back at the time we’ve spent here, I have obtained so much knowledge and I am excited to grow as the weeks continue.  Tomorrow we have Deck Seamanship, which should be interesting.  I will let y’all know how it goes.  Also, I will keep you posted on my facing movements – my about face is rough, but I practiced some tonight.  All things get better with practice! 



            We had a pretty gnarly work out today, but that isn’t going to be my focus.  My focus are the words Petty Officer Evans said to us tonight.  It really sunk in…deep.  We need to give 100% effort from our guts and from our hearts.  We were given an opportunity that numerous people would love to have.  Whether we are here for patriotic reasons, to better our families, or better ourselves, we need to show motivation and determination. 


We need to have pride in our company and pride in ourselves.  Failure is on us, and no one else.  If we really try, we won’t fail.  Yes, some of us may spend extra training time here in Cape May, but that’s just more incentive to work harder.  When we get out in the fleet, we’ll be saving lives.  I

If we aren’t willing to try here, what’s going to happen in the fleet?  I’ve been working hard, but I believe I can push harder.  We can be better.  We can help make our company  better.  It’s our patriotic duty to work hard while we’re here.  It’s our mission to be the best we can be, and I believe with faith, determination, confidence, and teamwork, we will achieve that goal, our goal, and have a mission complete!



            “Strength through unity; unity through strength.”  This is one of my favorite quotes from one of my favorite movies – V For Vendetta. 

We have to be strong, but we can’t do that if we don’t work together, and we can’t unify until we all prove that we are going to give this our all.  Today was a relaxing day physically, but we learned a lot and got to meet our mentors.  We had eight hours of seamanship classes, and our brains feel overloaded.  We learned watch standing, types of lines, types of knots, and much more.  We learned five knots today and thank God the two shipmates beside me were Eagle Scouts.  I still only feel confident with three of the five, but we have time.

            Our mentors were great!  They told us their stories, information about different rates and ranks, and helped ease our minds some.  Most importantly, they stressed to us the importance of working together, and the need for communication and for us to constantly recognize our strengths and weaknesses so we can teach one another…not that our company commanders haven’t stressed this enough, yet it was till necessary.  It inspired us.

            Tomorrow is Divine Hours.  My rack is pretty squared away, so I’m going to help shipmates with racks and required knowledge.  I want all of Delta to graduate together.  People may say I’m crazy…in fact, Chief Carire has told me this several times, but hey…I’m a believer!

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.