Delta 193 Recruit Journal Week 07

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Delta 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: June 28, 2016

Graduates: August 19, 2016

Coast Guard Recruit Company Delta 193 Graduation Program

 

Saturday, week 07                                                                            13 Aug 16

 

What a week! Delta-193’s schedule changed drastically this week. Our reveille was at 0500 instead of 0530. We learned about Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). We took our seamanship final and earned the seamanship pennant for receiving a class average of 90% or higher. We lost quite a few shipmates this week and took our final exams and close order drill and manual of arms test in front of the section commander. To top it all off we had one of the best days of our boot camp experience on Saturday as well.

Monday we had an all day class which was broken up into two segments on Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). The class in the morning basically taught us everything on paper and the evening class was our practical in the gym using adult and infant mannequins as our test dummies. Tuesday we messed up big time… a few of our shipmates thought it would be a good idea to ‘smoke and joke’ on the pool deck during our swim circuit. Needless to say, our company commanders did not take it lightly. We were treated like civilians, which was the worst after all the weeks we put in here and all the effort, blood sweat, and tears that were shed. It felt like it was all taken away from us for slipping up and not doing the right thing–to be a senior company on the regiment and be treated like forming company still residing in sexton hall “hit us in the heels” hard. The next day, we took our seamanship final and we all killed it. We received the seamanship pennant for our guidon, daisy. Thursday was a very unique day for Delta-193. We had the opportunity to have an interview with the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard, Master Chief Cantrell via video teleconference. It was really cool to be able to get advice from an E-9 who informed us of how special and important we really are to the coast guard. We are the next generation of coast guardsman who are going to experience all of the changes in the fleet and have an effect on them. Friday was a crazy day. Starting the madness off, we had our final exam at 0715 which was pretty easy. Unfortunately a couple shipmates did not pass the first go around but then aced it the next day on the retake date. After our exams, we rushed to the gymnasium where we stood graduation watch and did graduation support. Graduation support is basically where we set everything up and take everything down. Following that, we had our close order drill and manual of arms assessment where we had to demonstrate our knowledge of piece nomenclature and inspection arms to our section commander. We received a 19 out of a possible 20 points and got a pennant for that as well. Delta’s on a roll now. Later on that day, our company commanders sat us down in main muster squadbay, took off the smokey bear covers and “dropped the whole act” and gave us a debriefing. They told us about themselves and treated us like normal human beings and for once. They went from 100 to 0 real quick and were able to flip the switch from psycho banshees to normal humans in a matter of 02 seconds. Finally, the day we’ve been looking forward to since we stepped off the bus and into sexton hall, besides graduation of course, our off-base- liberty. Some of us got hotel rooms to sleep in, others went to the boardwalk in wildwood, many of us went to the movies, and some had loved ones that met them at the gates to base. People wanted to take pictures with us and treated us like we were celebrities. The amount of attention we received overwhelmed us. We even had some random guy try to salute us… wrong guy, belay your something, put it on your tracker, we’re not officers. If you did not understand that last part, ask your future Coastie. All in all, today was a highlight in our boot camp experience and we appreciated every second of it. 05 days left until graduation Delta, let’s get it!

 

 

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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