Delta 193 Recruit Journal Week 02

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Delta 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: June 28, 2016

Graduates: August 19, 2016

 

This has been one heck of a week for Delta-193 as we slowly started descending into the core values of the Coast Guard. We are turning from civilians into military personnel. At this rate, we might have to push our graduation back 5 years due to failure to do ‘anything right’, according to our company commanders. Our lead company commander, better known as the wicked witch of the west says that everything we do is “yuck” and to “fix it”. A typical day in delta usually starts off with us waking up to a now familiar sound of ridiculously loud sirens practically blowing us out of our shoe-box sized racks. Then, we hear our three favorite words—Fire, Fire, Fire. From there, we get out of our racks, run as fast as we can outside and form up before the Incentive Training begins. The smell of 101 shipmates breath in the morning makes you sweat more than the actual incentive training. On top of our morning “workouts”, we also have a lot of meticulous incentive training with our assistant company commanders who are more than enthusiastic about giving it at seemingly any free moment or because of any tiny slip-up. One of our assistant company commanders, better known as the sweat coordinator, never looks happier than when we’re in agonizing pain. We have these drills on the quarterdeck, called remedial instruction, that destroy each one of us, not to mention it feels like it’s 100 degrees in there. At the galley, we shovel our food into our mouths and can’t take our eyes off “the boat”. Talking, touching your face or looking around are forbidden in the galley and failure to comply has resulted in several shipmates getting an earful and then paying in sweat later. We march everywhere we go, trying to stay in step with each other, but we still can’t seem to get it right. You never want to get caught staring in the soulless crevaces that some would call eyes of our company commanders; surely you’ll be turned to stone. At eveing muster, our favorite time of day, we get to each our “yum-yums” which are the chewy bars we get to take with us when we leave the galley and we get 5 minutes to read or write mail. Delta-193 is starting to get into the swing of things. The good news is that there’s only 40 more days left until we’re out of here…. well, 40 days for those of us who are eager to learn CG skills and give 100% motivation and dedication to our CC’s anyway, the others, maybe a few weeks more.

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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