Delta 190 Recruit Journal Week 03


Delta 190 Recruit Journal Week 03

Formed: July 22, 2014

Graduates: September 12, 2014

DELTA 190, WEEK 03

The week started off with the Coast Guard’s birthday, however that did not change how the day would go. Remedial swim, physical fitness enhancement and our daily wake-ups provided us with the start to our morning. Everyone was earning their sweat that morning. Through the course of the day though, the company suffered from “sandbaggers,” or people who slack off in doing their exercises or duties all throughout the day. That caused a large issue in just what the company would learn that day. And that proved to be true as we were made to do more physical fitness than ever that evening.

The next day proved no different, though we had more classes to learn. Most particularly were the Safety courses, followed by even more drills with our company commanders. Ink sticks, or pens as we used to know them as, were even heavier than we ever imagined. Many areas of the quarterdeck were trashed for one reason or another, and it happened not once, but twice. These had caused extra stress and work on us as we tried to work with as much cohesion as possible to clean and get to sleep.

As the week continued, we started to grow as a unit. The workout in the gym that we did was a circuit, causing more sweat than any workout we had done before. The difference is we chanted when we should have been getting our breath back. We put forth more effort in that one hour that day, and we began the process of meshing together as an actual company. We had a few more small victories as we had earned some galley rewards and more manual of arms. It didn’t last long, however as we began to fail and it had been taken away. What replaced it was even more incentive training sessions. Normally a bad thing, but we had become stronger as each day passes.

Our company commanders are tough, but they mean well in everything they do. Usually. It’s meant to teach us lessons, and we just seem to not grasp those lessons. When we are divided as a company, we still get punished as a whole. Put one object away, take another out. Repeat. However we were provided with a great opportunity as we marched in Zulu-189’s parade. The good behavior lead to us being able to shine our boondockers in the evening, but the good can last only so long.

As the week comes to a close, we still are moving strong as a company. However, we’re a long way from graduation with many more weeks to go. We’re as strong as ever and will be pushing forward as we start this next week fresh. We will become 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