Delta 193 Recruit Journal Week 04

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Delta 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: June 28, 2016

Graduates: August 19, 2016

 

Week 04, Delta-193

 

This week was a trial for Delta-193. Sitting in the Judge Chair, our Lead Company Commander, and serving as the jury and executioners, our ever intimidating Assistant Company Commanders. The sweat continues to roll off, forming streams of glistening dew, which I’m sure our Company Commanders will make us produce more of in Week 05. The New Jersey heat-wave is starting to take its toll on most of us, with the exception of our southern and tropic shipmates. Delta-193 has been forced to change and we apparently hate it.

 

Monday of this week was a little different compared to others. We were split into two separate groups for classroom instruction; odd roster order numbers went to the starboard section and even roster order numbers went to the port section. After we split up into different groups, half of us went to Goff Hall where we had hands on training with loading, reloading, and cocking the firearm. The other half went to class and sweat all day with the help of ‘Hell’s little helpers’. Tuesday happened vice versa, where the other half went to Goff Hall and the opposite group got our rear ends handed to us with non-stop incentive training. Wednesday and Thursday were interesting days for the company because one half of the company went each day to the US Air Marshall Training Gun Range Facility. We were able to shoot 30 rounds at a target and some of our shipmates even shot well enough to be considered qualified to carry a pistol in the fleet. Some had prior experience shooting weapons and others had very little. The half of the company that wasn’t at the range each day, got to stay home and guess what?…Sweat…Typical day in the life of Delta-193. We can’t seem to meet a time objective but we have plenty of time to smoke-and-joke. The only good, but also nerve wracking, thing about Thursday was that we got to put our ‘dream sheets’ in and put in our request for the geographical region we would like to be stationed in and whether we would prefer to be stationed ashore or afloat. Hopefully, we will find out our orders at the end of next week. We will get 01 five minute phone call home to our families once we find out where we’re going which most of us are really excited about. Friday was another nervous day for Delta-193 as we headed to our mid-terms. We needed 80% to pass or else shipmates go back 2 weeks in training to Echo-193. Our Lead Company Commander promised that if everyone passed we could get desserts with our meals finally so needless to say we were extra dedicated to doing well. Unfortunately not all our shipmates passed, so not only are we moving forward with a few less members of our company, but all of our dreams of chocolaty goodness were smashed into one million pieces. On the bright side, we did receive a special pennant for the company average on the midterm being high that we will get to fly on our company guidon. This is pretty cool to us because the company ahead of us, Charlie-193, has pennants too so we feel like a little bit of a big deal. All the males also go their ‘ears lowered’ and we’re back to the shaved heads we received during forming week. Saturday consisted of manual of arms, the colors teams first time on the administration flag pole, and multiple sweat regimes throughout the day. All in all it was a good day for Delta.

 

All of us are eagerly awaiting divine hours tomorrow and with that eagerness we know that the real test is just around the corner in week 05 that we need to continue to prepare for in order to survive. We’re cautious about what’s coming but we’re ready to move forward in training.

 

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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