Delta 193 Recruit Journal Week 03

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Delta 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: June 28, 2016

Graduates: August 19, 2016


Week 03 Summary, 16JUL16


It’s been one roller coaster of a week for Delta-193 as we come to the end of week 03. It started off very rocky with a ridiculous amount of incentive training and ended off with us actually training in manual of arms, for the first time in a week. Monday was pretty interesting; we put on our survival suits and looked like giant floating pumpkins. We learned about hypothermia and the effects it takes on your body. After our “spa” time in pool, we continued down to the “sauna”, known to us as the quarterdeck, where we basically drained every ounce of sweat from our bodies. It’s unlike our company commanders to not physically deplete our bodies of any fluids, so we don’t have to worry about being bloated from chugging the two glasses of water during every meal. The best part of every day is during evening muster. Getting our mail isn’t even the highlight of it, but being able to grab 02 “yum-yum’s” (recruit granola bars) is. It’s an absolute big deal when they bring out the chocolate ones. Oh my gosh, the amount of salivation coming from our mouths could provide enough water to make a new ocean. The actual chewy bars don’t even taste that good, it’s just the fact that we aren’t allowed to eat dessert yet and you can taste just a hint of chocolate, which lasts us for a good week or so. Wednesday was an interesting, but tough day emotionally for Delta-193. We attended our shipmate, Aaron Redd’s funeral in his home state of Virginia. It was about a 05 hour drive there and 06 hour drive back. We were so excited to get the heck out of boot camp for a little while and actually get to see the outside world since we’re unable to observe any of the scenery without playing hide and seek with Satan’s Spawn, the company commanders of Training Center Cape May. By the time we got there, we were surprised to find out the Commandant of the Coast Guard and the Secretary of Homeland Security would be in attendance shocked us. We realized we had to be on our absolute best behavior. Trying to keep our military bearing during the service was hard but some of us showed our true colors and proved that the military wasn’t for them by falling asleep and constantly moving. The drive back wasn’t a walk in the park either. It consisted of 06 hours of “games” including our favorite game where we keep our hands over our heads in utter silence and consistent general knowledge questions being spewed out every 05 seconds. On the way back, we stopped at the Marine Corps Quantico Base and ate at the mess hall, “galley” eating there was probably the most stressful meal we’ve ever had. Our company commanders moved us through the line like never before. The very moment we got off the bus in Cape May we were into a no noise incentive training session well after everyone else


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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