Delta 190 Recruit Journal – Week 06






Delta 190 Recruit Journal

Formed: July 22, 2014

Graduates: September 12, 2014



The search and rescue alarms slowly diminished from the previous week. However, a new sound came around. Week six had us dive into fire week, and the lessons were coming in hot. Fire chemistry terms to heat the class up, with portable fire extinguishers to cool the class to a close. The swim circuit helped to finish the process.

Fitting to the week, “Fire, fire, fire!” tore through the air that Tuesday morning. Also fitting since we had grown complacent and had messed up several times before afternoon chow even arrived. We were able to try out fire protective gear in preparation for the firefighting practical. We even put out a fire with a water extinguisher. Granted, it was the size of a Bunsen burner. A fire is a fire though!

Both Wednesday and Thursday provided us with equal opportunities; some of us had our firefighting practical one day, the others had to report to the administrative building. We went vice versa on Thursday, allowing the rest of the company to put out the disappointingly, but understandably, virtual fire. The highlight for Thursday was the pugil stick bouts. Ever been hit by a giant Q-Tip? It can still be felt through the amount of padding used. In the tiny arena, there were no friends. Every block and swing stirred the esprit de corps in the company. Once we left that arena, we were shipmates once more as we cheered everyone on and bonded even further as a company. With our stress relieved, we finished the day in good spirits.

Friday brought Bravo-190’s graduation forward. Instead of marching in their graduation, we did our work detail and watch routine. Needless to say, we were on point as a whole and every evolution of graduation passed without issue on our end. The company completed our shifts with fire in our chest as we were told just how well we were doing. Even the swim circuit later on could not douse the fire of pride that burned.

Saturday fell upon us as we knew what the day would eventually bring. First, however, we were allowed to try on our Service Dress Bravos. Never has the company look so sharp. We were quickly inspected and sent to change. Delta-190 eventually got the tour o the Coast Guard operations in Cape May. Lives on the various vessels were shown to recruits whose new homes would be of similar nature, such as small boat stations or cutters. The pearl of the day arrived as we were allowed to go on our on-base liberty. The only ones not on a phone talking to a loved one were shipmates who did not bring one. Some of us offered time on our phones, which were gladly accepted.

One more week down, but now the real test begins anew. Two more weeks and we’ll be through.


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.