Delta 195 Recruit Journal Week 06

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Delta 195 Recruit Journal

Formed: Sep 19, 2017

Graduates: November 09, 2017

Good morning, Friends and Family of Delta-195.

What… a… week… it has been.

We started the week off greeting the community with our rather harmonious voices chanting to cadences while running through the town of Cape May. It was a proud experience running through the streets of excited supporters. Kids rode their bikes alongside us; parents lined the streets with phones and shouted encouraging words; cars honked as they passed by; and bikers flew the US Coast Guard flag as they trailed behind. DELTA-195 stood a little taller that morning until our guidon’s (the recruit who carries our company flag) colors turned into a twig. Apparently singing “Drip, drop, drippity, drop, drop” was a little too complex for Can’t Multitask Delta.

Later in the week we, received our orders to our first units. The 05min phone call to home, travel planning, and stress on top of stress began. Once orders came and messages from our sponsors arrived, the chaos calmed down and DELTA began getting more excited as to what lies ahead. A huge portion of the company got orders to small boat stations, a few got selected for the Honor Guard, and the remainder was assigned to cutters.

Our adventure continued to Goff Hall where we learned firearm safety with the SIG P-229 RDAK. We learned basics of how to handle the weapon, disable and clean the weapon. After a full day of training, we headed an hour off-base to the shooting range where we put our skills to the test with live fire. Some of us hit on target fairly well, while others missed and killed Bambi (figuratively). By the end of the day, we met all the firearm safety components and left with only minimal hearing loss.

We ended the week with a game changer, starting off our morning running to the barracks where we first arrived and standing on the original yellow triangles. After getting the count, we double-timed back to the house where we stuffed our thousand pound, scoliosis-inducing sea bags with everything we own. The day consisted of nonstop running, incentive training, and hours of marching. We were fortunate enough to march down to Station Cape May and tour the CGC Crocodile where we observed basic responsibilities with which we could potentially be entrusted. From there a much anticipated on-base liberty began!

Recruits marched rather quickly to indulge themselves with sweets from the CG Exchange. Later at the Harborview, we authorized access to our cell phones and were able to call home. It seemed like 05 hours flew by—way too fast. Feeling proud that we made a time objective, we were surprised with “FIRE FIRE FIRE!” Our painful evening began with an evacuation of the building, a healthy dose of sea-bag passing, and what could be confused for the Munro Mile around the Regiment with sea bags crushing our spines. Beyond the point of exhaustion, we were ordered to drop our sea bags and run out to the beach… push up position, take! Petty Officer Babot reminded us of Week 01 when he asked us why we were here, and why we joined the US Coast Guard. Now, 05 weeks later, he asked us the exact same question, reminding us to never forget why we are here, where we come from, and what we left behind. Getting up, we turned towards the ocean to see our Delta company colors standing tall and up in lights. It was in this moment that we felt a sense of unity and pride for everything we have worked so hard for. With much anticipation, Petty Officer Babot told us to go get OUR colors. We sprinted to our flag and chanted over and over just who we are—DELTA-195. As we marched back to the house, we proudly carried our colors high while singing cadence:

“Let ‘em blow, Let ‘em blow! Let the four winds blow!
From the east to the west, the US Coast Guard is the best!
Let ‘em know, Let ‘em know! Let the people know!
From the east to the west, DELTA COMPANY is the best!”

–SR MARDOCK and SR MILLER, 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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