Delta 191 Recruit Journal Week 05



Delta 191 Recruit Journal

Formed: April 7, 2015

Graduates: May 29, 2015



Week 05 Historian Summary


“Victorious warriors win first and then go to war while defeated warriors go to war seeking to win.” Those words from Sun Tzu could not apply more perfectly to Delta Company in week five. Everything Delta has done this week has been to prepare them for week six. It first started with an inspection from our Section Commander. With help from two assisting Company Commanders, we were measured, looked over, and inspected. Did Delta pass? Somewhat, but the inspection could have been far more thorough. The inspections from here on out will test Delta harder than ever before.

This week, Delta also gained their tropical blue dress shirts, bravo jackets, and covers to place on their consistently confused heads. We all marveled at the sharp uniforms as they were tried on. But shortly afterwards, the reality of the situation set in. Delta will now have to keep these uniforms in pristine condition at all times; or else. Besides reflecting on new uniforms, Delta also received their orders. Many were pleased to find that they were assigned their first picks in states such as Florida, California, and Hawaii. Others were also satisfied with second picks aboard Cutters that they were interested in. And of course, a few tried to process why they might have been chosen to report to duty stations they never heard of, much less were interested in. But all of Delta was excited. So excited in fact, that a sizeable portion of their military bearing left their minds faster than a recruit who has only 05 minutes for a full morning routine. Dreams of far away ports and of life aboard a Cutter cluttered their minds. But again, week five was the week of preparation. Such daydreams have no place in week six.

After incentive training we so richly deserved, Delta has been getting back on track. The Cape May festival was a perfect example. For the better part of the week, we have marched and trained to be put on display in a parade before the good people of Cape May, the local Congressmen and women, and even the Commandant of the Coast Guard. As we arrived on the parade field, Delta marched and moved with purpose and precision. Then they stood at parade rest for what was only a half-hour, but seemed like an eternity. Delta stood like unflinching sentinels as the bugs of Cape May made a buffet of their arms and necks. After their time maintaining unbroken military bearing, Delta marched off. The rumor in the squad bays seems to be that our performance was among the better companies out there on the day. Now, did a select few of our Recruits make a key error or two? Well, does a Delta Recruit wish that they could turn invisible when a Company Commander sees an errant shoelace? Yes, on both accounts. But the more precision challenged Recruits of Delta gained back their confidence by sweating out their self doubt under the encouragement of their benevolent overlords… our Company Commanders. But it was good that their self confidence was regained, as it will be needed in week six, and to make sure our confidence sticks, Delta was taken to the Confidence Course. As individual Recruits vaulted, climbed, and hurled across the course, Delta cheered one another on as a team.

Now Delta sleeps in a new building, one that is regularly visited by those with immense power at Cape May. Week six awaits Delta as Goliath awaited David. Now Delta must use that sling as a team, or else they will end up in one.

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.