Delta 192 Recruit Journal Week 04

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Delta 192 Recruit Journal

Formed: October 27, 2015

Graduates: December 18, 2015

 

The games are over Delta, time to get to business. Week four is drawing to a close, and the bar is being raised even higher. For the first time we lost shipmates, and gained a few more and we know that more of the same is in our future. This week for the first time, it seemed like we were making most of our time objectives, working together better, and not worrying about the needs of ourselves more than those of the group. In addition to this, Delta 192 will be immortalized on the plaque in Goff hall (our weapons training center) due to one of our members being the 11th person to come through bootcamp and score expert at the range. More and more we’re seeing shipmates with shiny red belts as part of their uniform. The shiny red belt is a marker, stating that this person is on probation and needs to get with the rest of the group or face being reverted. Reversion, the one word on everyone’s mind this weekend. No one wants to go back to Foxtrot, the insanity that “indoc” weekend and week 02 brings. They’ve made it over half way, to the end, and starting from the beginning I know for a fact is worse than any sweat session we are made to do. The only thing that can be done to avoid it is keeping your head down, your ears open, and your feet moving fast. As well as gaining shipmates, we gained an entire company in our building, the previously mentioned Foxtrot-192. It makes for an interesting comparison, week 01 V.S. week 05, and the difference is way bigger than it feels.   This upcoming week is “SAR” (also known as search and rescue) week, meaning, after we are woken up by the sweet melody of our company commanders, we have 15 minutes to have our racks made, be dressed, and be at the galley ready to eat. This task, while not difficult under normal circumstances, when you have 30ish recruits all scrambling to get dressed inside a head scarcely big enough to hold them, and another 30-40 in the other squad bays doing the same, one is bound to be late. Now don’t let this make you think that the person who is late is the one that gets the “reward” if one person fails, we all fail. Our appointed squad leaders have a big job on their hands keeping the chaos organized, and so far it looks like they are starting to rise to the occasion. Delta sure has come a long way, but we still have a long way to go. Given the training and the leadership we have had this far, in another week or so, this company is going to start dominating this regiment. Unfortunatley, I’m sure some of you at home reading this will get that 05 minute phone call from your recruit, tell them to stick it out, make it to the end, and become a proud member of the United States Coast Guard because it is worth it.

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.

 

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