Delta 190 Recruit Journal Week 02


Delta 190 Recruit Journal

Formed: July 22, 2014

Graduates: September 12, 2014


As the bus pulled up to Sexton Hall, everyone got quiet as the doors opened and we had a taste of what Coast Guard basic training would be like. We were rushed off of the bus like a pack of animals and lined up on yellow triangles; nervous static was in the air. We were herded inside to a classroom and rapidly given and assigned numbers, racks, and basic equipment. The next two days we were clinging to the medical building, getting every shot that we needed for the weeks to come. Come Friday, our real training began as our Company Commanders took the lead of the newly formed Delta-190. What is known as “Indoc Weekend” began, and so did the pain. Our Incentive Trainings started as we did pushups, crunches, squats, and flutter kicks. Our required knowledge learning began as our General Orders, phonetic alphabet and military time was pushed on us, as well as military terminology.

Our knowledge expanded rapidly as we took on our rates and ranks classes, saluting, addressing military personnel and chain of command with Incentive Training in between for whenever our company started to drift from what should be done. This occurred more often than it should have; even after our Incentive Training finished, the pressure intensified as our knowledge was tested soon after in the galley. The “Gauntlet”, near the Company Commander table in the galley, is where some recruits will get challenged by not only our company commanders, but others that happen to be at lunch at the time. Any required knowledge that is not known results in more Incentive Training for the entire company. As the saying goes, “If one goes down, we all go down.” And we sure do.

We started preparing for the near future with marching formations, commands, and Manual of Arms. Every move we do needs to be done efficiently or we end up paying for it in pools of sweat. This still occurs when the company commanders find one of the recruits “sandbagging,” even if the rest aren’t. This just goes to show that we DO actually dictate our own training, and that Delta-190 may end up being a strong company rather than a smart company.

Training may have only begun, but we’re well underway to becoming the future of the Coast Guard. Every day puts us closer and closer to being Semper Paratus.

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.