Delta 192 Recruit Journal Week 05

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Delta 192 Recruit Journal

Formed: October 27, 2015

Graduates: December 18, 2015

 

Goodbye week 05, hello week 06. This week definitely had its highs and lows, but for the most part, we rocked it. This week started off rough with a personnel inspection, this had to be the most nerve racking task to date. Now, when I say this was scary, think of that first time walking up to your new girlfriend’s/boyfriend’s parents house in high school. You have no idea what is going to happen, or if your first impression is going to screw you over. In recruit training, we call section commanders “red ropes” on account of the red rope they wear around their shoulders. For the inspection, we all changed into our inspection ready uniforms, lined up in our squad bays, and waited for the people who would decide what happens to us next. No one moved. After a thorough looking over, those who failed to perform were awarded with their punishments. Red ropes are a gateway to one thing in particular, red belts, These probation belts were thrown out like candy on Halloween for almost every imperfection or mess-up that one was unfortunate enough to commit. In the end, we lost 2 shipmates and gained about 10-20 probationers. Aside from that, we started what is called search and rescue (“SAR” for short) week. What that means for us is, from the second the sweet sounds of our company commander’s wakes us, and we have 10 minutes to be outside, in formation, and ready to step off for chow. Now I know this doesn’t seem that bad, but when you’re sharing a head with 30ish other recruits, it takes way more time than it probably should. If you fail to meet this time objective, you’re getting written up. We’re told the way we have to think about it is, in the real world, when that alarm goes off, someone’s life is on the line and we gotta be fast, there is no other option. This week, the company really started to work as a unit rather than a bunch of individuals, we meet almost every time objective, march ourselves most places, and finally earned “evening routine” which is, in fact, the best thing ever. Instead of having 10 minutes to shower (maybe) and 5 minutes to do mail, we have designated time slots allowing us to get ourselves figured out and in our racks in a somewhat relaxed fashion. Perhaps the 2 biggest things to happen this week are operation fireside, and us getting our orders. Operation fireside was thanksgiving for recruits. Everyone in training was put into small groups and sent home with a family for the entire day WITH OUR PHONES. Now of course if given the chance a lot of recruits would stay on their phone the entire day and neglect these families who volunteered their time and their homes to allow us to have a nice break during this holiday, so we were given a time limit on our phone usage. The day before thanksgiving, our company commanders thought it would be good to give us our orders before we had a chance to use our phones so we could inform our families. They brought us all down to the classroom, waited till everyone was sitting down and ready to write everything down, then made us leave for chow. Everyone knew we’d been had but of course no one was going to say that out loud. After we finished stuffing our faces, we rushed back to the building and into the classroom and sat down. Once again, we prepared to find out where we would be going after leaving this paradise. Unfortunately for us, our boots were dirty. So we had to go polish them for almost an hour. We were told if our boots didn’t look like mirrors, then we didn’t get orders. I can now say with confidence that delta has the shiniest boots on this regiment.

 

 

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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