Delta 191 Recruit Journal Week 06


Delta 191 Recruit Journal

Formed: April 7, 2015

Graduates: May 29, 2015



Week 06 Historian Summary


Week six was all about adjusting to military life outside of Cape May. After 42 days of boot camp, Delta has accumulated some habits that may seem peculiar to “normies,” or civilians. For instance: yelling greetings, pivoting on your outboard foot to turn a corner, or everyone’s favorite, position of attention. To a civilian these traits are a flare signaling your affliction with a military branch. More than that, erect posture, confident strides assure the public, the body language communicates the message that the Coast Guard is capable, and trustworthy, key features in the success of the Coast Guard’s missions. Delta has ingrained these features into their character. Alongside the core values of Honor, Respect, and Devotion to Duty.

This was evident in the off-base liberty awarded to Delta. During off base liberty, a shipmate was offered a boon by a grateful civilian that exceeded $20 in value (a no-no in the Coast Guard), the shipmate declined the gift, and reported the incident to Chief Brost; demonstrating great devotion to duty. Delta understands that the Coast Guard serves the people of the United States. Delta understand that often it is a thankless, dirty and exhausting task; but never will you complain, because serving the people of the United States, our families, our friends, is its own reward.

The rewards of boot camp lie in our experiences here: beating each other with pugil sticks, a side-splitting wise crack from an overworked Company Commander (do these guys ever go home?), or even simply singing a ridiculous cadence. There is more to service than pride and stoic solemnity, you have to enjoy where you are, and Delta does, which is why Delta is number 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.