Delta 193 Recruit Journal Week 05

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Delta 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: June 28, 2016

Graduates: August 19, 2016


Saturday, Week 05




Holy crap! The start to Search and Rescue (SAR) week in week 05 was not what we expected and read in our Helmsman. We started Monday of Week 05 off being brutally and abruptly woken up way earlier than we’re used to being woken up. We were woken up by 04 of the meanest and cold blooded Company Commanders and Section Commanders on the regiment. They yelled at us telling us to grab our pieces (de-militarized M-16 rifles) and screamed “FIRE, FIRE, FIRE.” I cannot lie about how painful this incentive training session was on the deck in front of Healy Hall. We were instructed to be in stealth mode and not sound off while we were doing what felt like hundreds of squats or holding the 07 pound piece out in front of us for what felt like an eternity. Following that ridiculously painful “sweat session”, we were given what seemed like completely unrealistic time objectives of changing into our operational dress uniforms from our physical fitness gear and back and forth in a 30 second time span with our boondockers and blousing straps on. The Section Commanders, who can revert you on the spot, wouldn’t let us leave until we completed the task, which we never did. After about 30 minutes of that, we double-timed it to the galley where we gorged ourselves with anything that was thrown in front of us in the little time that we were given. After the Section Commanders had their fun with us, they explained to us why they did what they did. Secretly, we think they were training us for search and rescue missions and that we had to be Always Ready at any moment because the Coast Guard is Semper Paratus. Tuesday was no walk in the park either. It was filled with more impossible time objectives and classes that were unfeasible. Wednesday we realized that we need to get mission complete on our objectives and make our Company Commanders proud and prove to them that we’re here for all the right reasons and want to be Coast Guardsmen and save lives. Our Lead Company Commander was pretty impressed we were all lined up in formation and allowed us to get coffee! The moment we have been waiting for, Delta-193 was ecstatic! The craziest day of all time happened on Friday. The day that we received our orders from our Company Commanders on the geographical location where we will be stationed. We flanked and did facing movements until we reached the large bell on the regiment where we screamed with pride our orders and rang the bell one time each. It was an emotional, yet thrilling moment to hear your orders and actually feel like a Coast Guardsman. We lost a lot of shipmates this week. It hit us like walking into a wall that we had just lost so many from our company due to negligence and bad attitudes. Delta-193 is showing some serious improvement as we make our way into Week 06 as a senior company.


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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