Delta 195 Recruit Journal Week02

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Delta 195 Recruit Journal

Formed: Sep 19, 2017

Graduates: November 10, 2017

 

Good morning, Friends and Family of Delta-195.

 

“ATTENTION ON DECK!”

 

Delta-195 has formed and is ready to meet their makers. Company Commander Petty Officer Babot will take charge with the help of his assistants, and turn a bunch of monkeys into life-saving Coastguardsmen. Indoctrination Weekend kicked off with a hurricane of sweat. Evidently, Delta Company likes to sweat—what we call Incentive Training. This consists of multiple cardio workouts as well as yelling; so much so that we sound like dying cats trying to sing the National Anthem…and when I say “sweat,” I mean sweat in places no person on Earth ever knew you could sweat.

 

Along with the sweat came knowledge, in class and outside marching. We are learning the ins and outs of what, who, how, and why the Coast Guard is what it is today. Delta-195 has also learned proper speech, and we’re still working on our marching. We continue to learn more and more each day. As we progressed through the week, our numbers began to thin—and thin quickly. We live on the third deck of Healy Hall which means we have to run up and down three flights of stairs daily. You probably won’t recognize us the next time you see us.

 

Every morning we are happily awakened by loud whistles and the yelling of “FIRE FIRE FIRE!” At this ungodly hour, we scramble to get up. To paint you a picture, it’s like someone pouring salt on a bunch of slugs and watching them burn. Our Company Commanders work us hard. It’s expected, but they also provide wise words and perspective on change, whether in or out of the classroom, marching, or holding our M-16 (our 09 pound demilitarized rifle—and yes, they get heavy after holding them in the air forever). Nonetheless, Delta Company will “Forward, March” ahead

 

Throughout the weeks, many of us have picked up the “Cape May Crud.” Lucky for us, we have a full medical and dental staff at our convenient disposal. Many of us have already been making trips there to have dental work done or to get cough drops. The week has not been easy; it has often been described as an episode—or a full season—of Survivor. Our hopes and what drive us day to day are the meals given to us and the 15-minute showers at the end of the day. The weather is beginning to get chilly as we enter our fall season, so pray us warm and please send mail.

 

–SR MARDOCK, DELTA-195

 

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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