Delta 192 Recruit Journal Week 03



Delta 192 Recruit Journal

Formed: October 27, 2015

Graduates: December 18, 2015


Week 03 was a big week for Delta Company. We are finally starting to train and gain practical skills. We are learning manual arms, or rifle handling techniques. We know how to tie knots, and the basics of being a Helmsman. Our close order drills are getting better, and we are excited to finally begin wearing our operational dress uniform. We are taking on greater responsibilities by standing watches and maintaining our squad bays. Although we are growing as a company, the cracks are begging to show. Our attention to detail is becoming more and more important, and every time that we fail to keep up with the pace, we’re shown the hard way how small details have big effects. For example, not taking 15 seconds to put shampoo away turns into 30 minutes of scrubbing it off the wall, and forgetting to tuck in your shirt turns into pulling a mooring line for what seems like an eternity. I think the most motivation tool our company commanders have in their arsenal (besides reversion) is Recruit Aptitude Motivational Program, otherwise known as RAMP. RAMP is where recruits go to sweat like they never sweat before. It is the ultimate boot camp work out. Some of the things to do at RAMP are screaming, running and carrying unnecessarily heavy objects for what feels like an eternity. With great stress and lack of sleep comes the opportunity for illness to set in. Everyone is coming down with a cough or cold, a general feeling of unwellness, known affectively as “The Cape May Crud”. Despite these falters, The Delta Express, as Petty Officer Grote likes to call us, is still making head way up the side of Mount Boot Camp. Were finally half way to the top, and the only direction we can go is forward. The upcoming week is expected to be physically less demanding, but mentally more challenging than anything we’ve experienced thus far. Required knowledge is piling up on many recruits and some might not make the cut. Hopefully Delta is able to keep up the pace, and momentum, we’ve built in the coming weeks.

-Quote of the week,

Power walk, Fast, Richard Simmons Fast



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.