Delta 194 Recruit Journal Week 06

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Delta 194 Recruit Journal

Formed: February 14, 2017

Graduates: April 07, 2017

 

The best way to describe week 06 would be as if you were pedaling up a steep winding hill and finally reaching the top only to realize that we were above and beyond all other companies heading into week 07. Portside, which is all the even roster order number recruits, started off the week at Goff Hall to be trained in firearms. We learned how to properly handle a gun, disassemble and clean a 40 caliber SIG handgun and how to grip and aim down the sights in order to prepare for the range the following day. Tuesday started terribly because after breakfast our Assistant Company Commanders decided to destroy us. And there is absolutely nothing worse than having Petty Officer Abascal and Petty Officer Coleman together. It started with a “Sniper position take” and a “Long range” and “Rotate” thrown in the mix. As the pain from holding out our high fidelity pieces started sinking in, we had nothing but to wonder why, since we thought we hadn’t made too terrible a mistake. Following that was a “Fire Fire Fire” where we rush outside to find some real-estate to sweat our faces off. As we were going through the most brutal Incentive Training we have experience, we couldn’t help to notice a HH-65 Dolphin flying right over our heads. Little did we know our Lead Company Commander was aboard. Soon after, our Assistant Company Commanders had us fooled, thinking we were marching off the Regiment to escape the view of the cameras. Confusion and fear filled our bodies trying to figure out what was going on. But soon enough we saw the helicopter parked at the old airstrip and Chief Robertson, our Lead Company Commander, walking toward us in his air suit. That was a huge relief because we were convinced that we were going to sweat until we evaporated. We formed up behind the helicopter and Chief Robertson said to us, “Did you see your colors?” Most of us didn’t realize that our company flag and all its glory was posted on a pile of small rocks across the airstrip. But we shouted “Yes Chief Robertson!” He responded with a “Then go get it!” and at that moment each one of us ran as fast as we could, climbed on the pile and grabbed our new guidon chanting “Delta Delta Delta” repeatedly. That moment was surreal getting to see each one of us proud to be in Delta-194. The range didn’t go so well for Delta, we only had one recruit qualify expert and just a handful qualify in general. It was a lot tougher than we expected. I thought that shooting a target from twenty five yards away would be a piece of cake but that certainly wasn’t the case. We were given an incentive from Chief Robertson that if we qualified as a company we could get desserts at chow but that soon became just a fantasy. We finished off the week with our on base liberty, which we’ve been looking forward to since week 01. Most of us couldn’t believe that we were already here. We were able to restock on necessities and reconnect with our loved ones and the outside world. Safe to say it was a good week, hopefully week 07 is the same.

 

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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