Recruit Journal Delta-189 Week: 07

Recruit Journal Delta-189 Week: 07

Formed:  November 19, 2013

Graduates: January 10, 2014


International Maritime Signal Flag Delta

International Maritime Signal Flag Delta


31 DEC 13

No ball dropping or New Year’s Eve festivities are going on around here!  Instead, we will be getting some much needed sleep.  Reveille is now thirty minutes earlier than last week and chow is an hour later.  Needless to say, we are very hungry by the time we get to morning chow this week! 

This is not your typical New Years Eve, but we are ecstatic that we are starting ours off GREAT!  We are all so close to the finish line, and we couldn’t be more proud of one another.  This week is packed full of work outs, inspections, classes, and of course, tests.

            Today we had our close order drill test and we scored 09 out of 10.  The test was anxiety driven, but we did well, and because of our performance, we are now permitted to get dessert at the Galley.  The first time we stood in line at the Galley, we all just stared at the desserts for a short moment wondering if we were making “smart choices,” as our company commanders would say.  Ultimately, we decided, it’s New Years Eve…at least that’s what galley staff said, so we eagerly obliged.

            Today we also practiced line handling on a mock cutter.  I think it’s pretty apparent that we are a “hands on” type of group.  We had a lot of fun and we are all looking forward to more practical training during the remainder of our time here.

            Happy New Year, everyone…from Delta-189!



Today marks a fresh start, a chance to better ourselves for the New Year.  It also a sad day – it was our last day at Seamanship with DC1 Douthit.  He makes learning a lot of fun and he is also hilarious.  We’ve learned so much from him.  It doesn’t seem like it, but according to Petty Officer Douthit, we’ve spent twenty hours with him, learning line handling, knots, helm commands, firefighting, radio communications, and much, much more.

            Today at Seamanship, we took our Seamanship final exam, and both Delta and Echo received the Seamanship Pennant for scoring well.  We also had a Seamanship showdown to see who would win the Seamanship Award.  It was very entertaining to watch – it consisted of knot tying races, heaving lines, and donning the personal floatation device.  It came down to the wire, but Shipmate Mongiovi, Delta-189, won, and we are all incredibly proud of her!



            Holy snow!  Many of us have never seen snow, but we certainly have now.  Boy, did it come down last night!  We woke up at 0500, and we were immediately ordered to shovel snow.  It was fun for the first five minutes, but then the wind picked up and it started hitting us in the face.  We couldn’t feel our hands for long, and it became awful.  However, as a team, we did what needed to be done, and we even earned a compliment from our Section Commander. 

            We took our final exam today, and we nailed it.  We are very proud because we did better than we did on the midterm.  We had our last choir practice and since we are now the senior company, we were front and center.  It felt good to be up there with all of our shipmates, knowing tomorrow is off-base liberty and so close to our last week here at Cape May.

            However, the best part of the night was debriefing with ASTC Carire.  We talked and laughed for more than two hours.  He told us stories about how he had to fight off a shark, people he saved on the brink of death, his career moves, and even how he got caught writing a letter after TAPS by his company commander.  From what he told us, it seems he ended up here due to a lot of different circumstances, and we are very fortunate he did.  He makes us stronger, makes us push ourselves, and he makes us laugh.  We asked him to say one or two words about each of us, and he happily obliged.  Now we are looking forward to debriefing with AMT2 Martinez and YN1 Evans.

            Shipmates Childress and McCarrison are the guideon bearers and because of that, hey get jacked up often.  Today was funny, because the guidon got stuck to the stand,  frozen in the dirt around it.  The two guideon Bearers cleverly decided to pouring hot water on it…not so clever…now not only is it frozen to the stand by dirt, but also a thick layer of ice.

            All in all, today was a very good day.




Off-base liberty – you know, it’s weird walking around like a normal person.  In fact, it’s hard to do now.  We kept walking in step everywhere we went, and my shipmates could not help but call cadence and commands. 

The activities we indulged in vary as much as the people.  Some of us went to a bakery and ate cheesecakes (yes, that was plural!), while others rented hotel rooms.  The majority of us ate a lot of food, drank coffee, went to shops, and watched some football and basketball.  The group I went with also watched Anchorman 2.  By the way, if you’re reading this, you’ll never get back those two hours – see a different movie!

The day was surreal because a lot of people stopped us to talk and to thank us for our service.  It was nice to see how supportive the community is of the Coast Guard.  We are all very appreciative.

Until next time, Delta -189.


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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