Delta 195 Recruit Journal Week 05

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Delta 195 Recruit Journal

Formed: Sep 19, 2017

Graduates: November 09, 2017


Good morning, Friends and Family of Delta-195.


The Coast Guard core values: Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty. Sometimes Delta-195 forgets the importance of these words. Here recently we really lost our military bearing. Certain members of our company not only made a mockery of our company, they also dishonored our Service as a whole. Their actions did not reflect our company as a whole, and those involved were removed immediately. The type of behavior displayed by these individuals was not only a slap in the face to our Company Commanders who have spent countless hours trying to transform this company into a professional, military-bearing unit, but also it is a mockery to the entire branch of hard working professional individuals who train to be able to sacrifice their lives at any given moment to save someone else.


We recognize that EVERYTHING our Company Commanders do during training is to prepare us for the inevitable. The seemingly impossible happens every day in the Coast Guard, and we must always be Semper Paratus to make it possible. We also apologize to our service members actively in the Coast Guard who saw this unprofessional and immature lack of bearing. Our company lost our all military bearing, on which we—collectively—have worked so hard. Some of us felt it appropriate to put ourselves first before the team, our Company Commanders, and the Coast Guard. “Sorry” does not even begin to come close to how we feel. We have a lot of repairing to do, especially for our Company Commanders and our community who saw these embarrassing actions. On behalf of Detla-195, we apologize to our Company Commanders and those who have gone before us for our actions.


With that being said, Recruit Training has to be taken seriously that’s why our shortcomings are corrected so promptly and assertively. Standards need to be met in order to be successful—as recruits and later as professionals. Volunteering within the community is a good action by which Delta-195 wants to be remembered. We want to demonstrate good order and discipline, and we want to emulate integrity and pride. We want to make our Company Commanders, the community and our Service proud. Moving forward, we have a lot to prove to a lot of important people. We have to make it clear that we are serious about Training, and we do want to be here. Now is the time to start acting like a unified team that works together.


For example, today our Company Commanders and company mentors took us out on the confidence course. It contained challenging obstacles such as cargo nets to climb, logs to jump over, bars to flip over and obstacles suspended in the air. Everyone struggled in their own way, but we all made it through—except our last shipmate. He struggled to jump up and flip over the final obstacle. So much so that he broke down into tears and was at the point of giving up. The entire company got as loud as we could, cheering him on and giving him words of encouragement—some even stepping over to provide support. Eventually, he jumped up and flipped over the bar to complete the course. Before stepping off back to the house, Petty Officer Babot asked the shipmate how he felt. The shipmate responded by saying he felt good because he didn’t let his shipmates down. Petty Officer Babot then asked “Was it that you didn’t let your shipmates down, or was because you knew your shipmates had your back?” Crying, the recruit responded that he felt good because his shipmates had his back. We do look out for each other. This is what we want to be remembered for not for people’s immaturity, but rather for integrity, support, reliability, teamwork, and respect. Again Delta-195 apologizes, takes full responsibility, and will move forward.





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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