Delta 194 Recruit Journal Week 05

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Delta 194 Recruit Journal

Formed: February 14, 2017

Graduates: April 07, 2017


This week can be described as a bad roller coaster ride. You know, the ones that our too bumpy and you end up needing a neck brace once it’s over. We had our highs and lows, Mostly lows of course but its boot camp what do you expect. We started off the week with a uniform inspection from the battalion commander which was hands down nerve racking. Just the sight of him sent chills down our spines. Over all we only had two recruits put on probations and five that failed so I think we did pretty well. The following day was just as eventful and WAY less stressful, thankfully! We were fitted for our bravo jackets and dress blues for graduation and boy we were looking snazzy. We received our trench coat, wind breaker, combination cover, garrison cover and our dress shoes. We were locked and loaded and ready to break hearts or win them. We all could use some love, especially after spending 05 weeks in this heartless place. Trying on our dress blues and bravos made us feel one step closer to where we all want to be; GRADUATION! But we should know by know that all good things must come to an end. And that’s exactly what happened the next day. We made more mistakes than a week 01 company and drove our company commanders INSANE! Which in returned gave us sore throats and sweaty clothes. Usually after a bad day we bounce back, and that what we did on Thursday, which turned out to be a relatively mild day, and by mild I mean there wasn’t as much yelling and sweating as usual. So the day had come for our rack inspections from our section commander, Who has the authority to revert us or instantly put us on probation. Welcome back stressed we missed you… NOT! As he began inspecting each rack and finding things wrong with each one, the tension grew dramatically as he continued the inspection. Three recruits were handed a red belt for having a dirty disgusting rack, a terrible looking uniform or a unshaven face. They have no one to blame but themselves. As for the rest of the company we lived to die another day. Following the inspection, we were instructed to proceed to the classroom for the moment we’ve all been waiting for, to receive our orders. We received our orders in a unexpected manner. Our company commanders made a presentation that had our names and the pictures of our new destination once completing boot camp. They then had us run to the front of the classroom to about face and reveal our new locations. Of course at this time they were cracking jokes about each one of us, and they were on fire, it was as if they were headlining the local comedy club. We tried our best not to laugh but it was not possible. We tried to disguise our laughter with coughing, but they knew, they ALWAYS KNOW. The majority of us were content and excited, but of course there were some that were not. But as they say, Every Location is a good location.

Week 06, ready or not, here we come!


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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