Delta 195 Recruit Journal Week 04

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Delta 195 Recruit Journal

Formed: Sep 19, 2017

Graduates: November 09, 2017


Good morning, Friends and Family of Delta-195.


Sweat, tears, chaos, and the “wambulance” would be the best way to summarize a not-very-productive Week 04 for DELTA-195. We are Week04 but we act like Week 02… the trend that filled the passageways of Healy Hall as we started Monday morning’s glorious workout routine of full canteens over our heads for not doing something right—typical, I know. After sweating every ounce of liquid out of our bodies, we learned that our enormous company would be splitting into a port and starboard side. It took us a little while to get adjusted to memorizing different schedules, marching on our own, and definitely time management.


One of the biggest highlights of the week was our simulated firefighting class. Blinding, smoke-filled rooms, suffocating masks, and 75+ pound gear on our backs really brings a team together. The all-togetherness was short-lived but the experience will be eternal, for sure. We also had the exciting opportunity to sign up for our first assignments upon completion of boot camp! We were given “dream sheets” and told to write down priority Districts of where we would like to be stationed, what we hope to do as our rating (job), and why we wanted to be placed in those Districts. If we get lucky, and there is space available, the detailers may grant us with our priority choices.


Sweet treats, powdery donuts, salty air and dirty hands were provided as we were given the opportunity to march to the local Nature Center to sweat in a good way. We were all more than willing to break a good sweat to pick up trash on the beach, rake up leaves, and help “winterize” the organization as they prepare to close down until Spring. Auxiliary members (individuals that volunteer for the Coast Guard) also volunteered their time to teach children about marine wildlife, how to conserve natural resources, and teach history about the harbor. It was an awesome opportunity for our company to experience an additional humanitarian service that we can continue to practice once out in the fleet. Our Lead Company Commander, Petty Officer Babot, has encouraged us to volunteer in the community every chance we get throughout our entire Coast Guard careers. This experience was also rewarding for us because we got to learn about New Jersey’s natural wildlife. A small group of our company got to speak with the Director of the Nature Center about the monarch butterfly release, learning about and holding her albino corn snakes, and discussing the local history. To end this phenomenal experience we were awarded the opportunity to meet the Mayor of New Jersey and his wife. Marching back, all happy thoughts subsided and our robot minds locked back on.


Once back at “the house,” Petty Officer Buchanan ordered us to gather our pieces and head outside. Fearing the worst and preparing ourselves for an intense incentive training session, we were pleasantly surprised to learn that we were going to begin preparing for our Manual of Arms inspection that will take place in Week 07. If performed collectively well, our company could be awarded with good marks. As expected, we were sloppy at first but because of Petty Officer Buchanan and her ability to teach verbally and precisely, our Manual of Arms quickly progressed. Not only did D-195 excel in our piece nomenclature but in marching with our M-16s, as well. Not only outside the classroom but in the classroom, as well, Petty Officer Buchanan continued to give helpful and assertive advice for the success of our futures in the fleet. One of the things she said was, “Stay in your lane; do your job; and you’ll be successful.” She also tugged our work ethic cord letting us know and encouraging us to prove ourselves time and time again.

As we head into a fast-paced Week 05—preparing for search-and-rescue week—we hope to pick up the pace and start impressing our Company Commanders. It’s time.




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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