Delta 192 Recruit Journal Week 06


Delta 192 Recruit Journal

Formed: October 27, 2015

Graduates: December 18, 2015


2 More weeks and we’ll be through. This week we got to do all kinds of cool stuff, we played firefighter, we (almost) got to take on echo in pugil sticks, and we got to wear our bravos for the first time. With the end in sight it’s becoming harder to be locked on 100% of the time, and it’s starting to show as the sweat board is gaining in size again. This week, we’ve also been trying to earn our colors as we’re tired of marching around with a giant “D” on our flag. This weekend was by far the best we have had since our arrival at Cape May. Saturday we got our first taste of admin time, and some of us got to staff a festival for little kids to meet Santa. According to them, it felt weird to be treated like normal people again. For a few hours we could finally relax a bit. While Saturday morning was fine, that night had to be one of the best experiences that those of us lucky enough to go probably ever experience. First we got to put on all of our bravos, practice marching and singing cadence, and then we got on a bus, and left the base. That night, we got to march in the West Cape May Parade, I’m not sure how far it was, or how long we were there, but we loved every minute of it. After our spaghetti dinner, we formed up outside on the street, and waited for the command to march. Walking down that street next to my shipmates is truly something I will never forget. When they said people love to see the coast guard march, they weren’t kidding. Everyone was cheering and clapping for those of us dressed in blue. That night really made it real for many people what they are doing here, as it is very easy to forget why you came here. We rocked Cape May than night, plain and simple.

Fortunately for us, the weather was favorable. The last few days here have started out with frost fields of grass and mandatory gloves and jackets, and the wind doesn’t help either. With any luck, maybe we’ll see snow before we leave. Delta, this week, for the first time I think I can honestly say, we officially don’t suck.

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.