Delta 190 Recruit Journal Week 04


Delta 190 Recruit Journal Week

Formed: July 22, 2014

Graduates: September 12, 2014




Monday changed slightly for our morning wakeups here on out. Instead of our usual workout routines, there were two more added to our exercise list. Those two exercises alone make each morning a tad more painful for us, but only because we are not used to them just yet. This week would be full of changes because of our large company. We were split into port and starboard sides so that our lessons wouldn’t overfill some classes. Port side went to Goff Hall first, where they learned about firearms and took virtual firearms practical. Though safety was the key factor here, they shot pretty well. Meanwhile, starboard side went to several classes based around commitment and cyber awareness.

As the next day dawned, the only thing that changed was that the port and starboard sides of the company switched to go to the classes they did not have the previous day. However, we did earn a few more remedial trainings. One of those put us in sniper position with our M16-Nonguns for quite a while. Perhaps we’ll learn to do as instructed the first time and make time objectives, or we may revisit that particular remedial.

As the week wore on, the company attended one of the classes they were waiting on: enlisted careers. This would be one of the stepping stones to future choices in the Coast Guard. The rating choices were as diverse as the company itself. Some shipmates wanted to be Maritime Enforcement Specialists, others a Yeoman, some Storekeepers and even a couple crazy Aviation Survival Technicians. After the excitement of that class, we came upon the first blockade of week 04: the physical fitness assessment. Many in the company passed, but those who didn’t merely attend Physical Fitness Enhancement to help them improve. At a change of pace, we were given time to practice our manual of arms and piece nomenclature.

Thursday brought our helm commands and knot practical in our seamanship course. These tests were different than our normal ones, but our company exceeded the expectations we laid out for ourselves. Pure electric fire of excitement poured through the veins of Delta-190 as we came upon what we waited so long for: assignments or the “dream sheet” as it’s called here. We wait in anticipation for our orders to arrive.

Once again, the company was split up. This time, we took our midterm exam. It was fifty questions long covering everything we’ve learned up until this point. Once completed, our heads were shaved once again to look more uniform as a company and we took on the task of building a new track out back behind the gym. The Battalion Commander spearheaded the task as several companies took on the challenge with honor and pride. After a day and a half, there was marked improvement made.

We are still a long way off, but the goal is in sight. Delta-190 will be the best company on this regiment. There is no doubt about it.

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.