Delta 191 Recruit Journal Week 07



Delta 191 Recruit Journal

Formed: April 7, 2015

Graduates: May 29, 2015


Delta-191 Week 07 Summary


“05 days and a wake up”. Delta adopted those words as the mantra of the day. But, as the recruits of Delta ventured out into society for 11 hours, they did not run amok as though they were a pack of high schoolers on the last day of class. No, Delta acted as they were supposed to act at this stage of training; as members of the United States Armed Forces on liberty. No one acted as the wild and untamed civilians that first came to Cape May on a rainy night that many of us are no longer sure even happened. Delta carried themselves professionally because they now have a record of accomplishments and experiences that act as a testament to their new identities as “Coasties”.

“Honor, Respect, and Devotion to Duty”. Three aspects that Delta has shown in their penultimate week here. For Devotion to Duty, we were evaluated on our close order drill and manual of arms test. All of Delta was called upon to act as a singular, cohesive, and unified organism which was capable of the finest precision. Since week 02, Delta has trained countless hours at what seemed then to be none other than a Sisyphean task. But, after 15 minutes of precise and swift movements, Delta moved the boulder that Sisyphus could not. Underneath was a perfect 10 out of 10 score that none of us could believe.

Disbelief was not foreign to us this week, as we could not fathom the opportunity afforded to us in having a video teleconference with the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard, Steven W. Cantrell. Delta gave Master Chief Cantrell the second core value, Respect. In return, we received knowledge and wisdom in droves. We received insight in topics both broad and specific from the recipient of the order of the Ancient Mariner. Delta felt honored at the chance to talk to Master Chief Cantrell.

We experienced honor once again as we saw our flag fly over the regiment for the first time. Delta carried their memories of the past week not as cause for cutting loose, but as a record of character to uphold. Soon, Delta will no longer stand watch over the halls of their home. Yet there is still one more whose vigil has not ended. The gold and blue of Delta-191 stands a silent watch over the regiment from atop its mast. And it will continue to do so until there are no more Delta-191 recruits for it to herald.

Coast Guard Recruit Company Delta 191 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.