Delta 193 Recruit Journal Week 06

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Delta 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: June 28, 2016

Graduates: August 19, 2016

 

 

Week 06 Summary                                                                                     06Aug16

 

What a week! Delta-193 had a rocky start to this week by losing quite a few shipmates, but finished strong by behaving way better than Charlie-193 during on-base-liberty. Monday started off swell. The sun was rising, the birds were chirping, and the sweat was staying inside our bodies…where it should be! We had class with our seamanship instructor who taught us about the 04 classes of fire: alpha, bravo, charlie, and delta. Following the dreadfully long march from seamanship, we had a swim circuit. We never realized how far 50 meters could be until you swim it back to back for an hour straight with very little time to take a break and breathe. Tuesday came around real quick! We had another class on firefighting where we learned about the gear and were timed putting all of it on and taking it all off. Later on that day, one of the biggest and most rewarding moments happed in our recruit training. Our company commanders led us on a search and rescue mission which ended up with us running full force to the beach for the first time while being fully dressed in our operational dress uniforms and boondockers. Our lead company commander gave us an inspirational speech on the fleet and how the ocean is our new home. For the first time, our lead company commander told us she was proud of us and that we earned our spot in Delta-193 and in the Coast Guard. Following that she instructed us to “about face” where we saw our assistant company commanders standing in the sand at parade rest with our company colors in front of them. It was like an elephant stampede of us “crazies” rushing to get a touch of our colors (a new guidon with our company flag). We all started chanting our core values: honor, respect, and devotion to duty. Wednesday was a pretty productive day with us practicing marching for the sunset parade on coast guard day, 04Aug16. Thursday was a hectic day for Delta-193, we started off by double-timing to the galley where we shoveled our food into our mouths and tasted it later. Later on, we did our typical marathon run down to Goff Hall where we participated in our firefighting simulation; it was really cool! The instructor said, “fire, fire, fire” and we ran outside and into the other room to throw on the proper gear. Most of us got confused at first and almost started doing pushups because we have been brainwashed into thinking that those 03 words were associated with sweat and more sweat. The simulation room was covered in smoke. You literally couldn’t see 03 feet in front of you. We crouched down where we grabbed the hoses and began putting out the fake fires. It definitely made some of us want to be a Damage Controlman and make a career out of fighting fires. Following fighting simulated fires, we marched in the sunset parade for coast guard day. If there was ever a time for Delta-193 to stay focused and not lose all of our military bearing that we’ve worked so hard to achieve, now was it. We out-marched all other junior companies on the regiment.   Friday was a really fun day. We got to beat the crap out of each other (we wore padding of course) and take our anger out on each other with foamed pugil sticks. Some people shocked us at how aggressive they can be. The company commanders were getting a kick out of seeing us whack the marbles out of each other. Finally! The day of all days had come. The day we’ve been looking forward to since forming week in sexton hall, on-base-liberty. We were all so anxious and excited to use our phones and communicate with our friends and family. We’ve gone so long without our phones that we practically forgot how to use them and it felt weird for us to actually hold them. We all grabbed as much junk food and soda from the exchange as we could carry and floored it to the harborview club where we enjoyed cheeseburgers, chicken tenders and curly fries. It was a nice break, but it’s good to get back to reality and buckle down and finish week 06 on a strong note. Delta-193 is locked and loaded and more than ready to kick week 07’s butt!

 

 

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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