Delta 190 Recruit Journal Week 07


Delta 190 Recruit Journal

Formed: July 22, 2014

Graduates: September 12, 2014


This week began the summary of our lessons at basic training. Hazing class, which isn’t tolerated, and first aid/cpr, which is required, were the first classes of the week. The free time earned opened up access to practicing manual of arms for the test on Friday. Hopefully it was enough.

Waking up at 0500 has become easy after the second day. We had to rush to get down to seamanship to practice heaving rescue lines, seeing as that will be necessary in the fleet. With the red flag bearing down upon the regiment, our swim circuit was welcomed with open arms. The swim couldn’t cool our nerves about our tropical uniform inspection by the Battalion Officer. We shouldn’t have worried though; as usual, we had fewer issues than that of most companies.

Once again, we had seamanship. This time, we actually had to moor and unmoor the mock vessel out behind the class. Info on the watch quarter station bill was passed out to the company for practice Monday. However, we fell backwards for an evening. We were made to clean the regiment for having a messy squad bay and head. Oops.

That Thursday, we did a history tour of various buildings and markers around the regiment. Easily the most knowledge based activity we had done in weeks. Later that day, we signed our orders. This made it official to us that training is nearing a close, as long as we keep our noses clean. Classes passed in the blink of an eye, as did the day itself.

Friday set a whirlwind of nerves out. It was our big test day on several fronts. Our final exam was first, drawing randomly from a seven hundred count question bank. As we finished, we hurried around like busy bees to work as well as march in the graduation of Charlie-190. Seems We are the top company if they want to utilize us for multiple roles in the same graduation. Our close order drills and manual of arms test left us as a raw nerve. When all was said and done, we earned the Section Commander’s pennant for a nearly perfect score. A new feeling of pride filled and surged through our chests.

Saturday was the day we all awaited: off-base liberty. Unspoken electricity surged through the air. We rapidly, yet neatly, changed into our Tropical Dress Uniforms for the coming event. After lining up and marching to the gate, we were set free for the day. Though separated, we made sure to keep an eye on each other to prevent any mishaps. As the day waned to night, we headed back with not an issue to speak of. Excellent.

Only one week to go, but we can’t lose sight just yet. Anything can happen, and all is fair game.

Coast Guard Recruit Company Delta 190 Graduation Program


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.