Delta 196 Recruit Journal Week 03

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Delta 196 Recruit Journal

Formed: May 22, 2018

Graduates: July 13, 2018

Week 03

Friends and family,

Hello from all your dedicated recruits of Delta-196! Week 03 of our Coast Guard boot camp is officially complete. This place seems like a time warp. The days seem so long, the incentive training sessions seem even longer, the weeks fly by, and sleep feels like we blink and wake up. Let me tell you all about the evolution of our incentive training and the purpose behind it. There is a reason for everything here…or at least that’s what we’re told. Incentive training or “IT” are the physical workouts that the company has to go through when we are out of line, don’t know our required knowledge, or make simple mistakes. It is incentive for us to be the best we can be and, more importantly, to not sweat. We average around 10 mistakes per hour, so if you do the math you’ll come to the conclusion that our company commanders don’t have enough time in the day for the amount of sweat we “owe them” as they would say. From holding our canteens, to our “pieces” or M-16s, and most recently to pressing line over our heads it is amazing the places we’re starting to ache! With the amount of knowledge that we’re expected to absorb, that aching include our brains. This past week has been like trying to drink from a firehose on full blast! Several of our shipmates have been selected for ceremonial which includes the drill and colors teams. You will get to see what they have learned at our graduation. Watch standing has started which means we’re getting an hour less of our sacred sleep now. However, the importance of this training comes into play after basic training when we’re expected to stand watch at our first unit for up to four hours. We also just started our Seamanship classes this week which entails knot tying, helm commands (as a non-rate we may be behind the wheel of a ship), and nautical terminology. The newest company Echo arrived on Tuesday, so we’re no longer the new kids on the block. It’s amazing to see them running around the mess deck like headless chickens and seeing how far we’ve come in just 03 weeks. Poor kids don’t know what they’ve gotten themselves into! I just wanna yell to them “RUN SHIPMATES, RUN!!!” In the small amount of time our company has had to get to know each other, we soak up every detail we can. We reminisce about our civilian lives and the Netflix shows we were watching just 03 weeks ago. It’s funny the little places we find comfort. The 05 minutes we have to read the mail you all send us is our little piece of sanctuary. For those precious 300 seconds, the barriers we put up to not break down in front of our CC’s can be relieved. Thank you all for the constant support, motivation, and inspiration! Until next week, much love from Delta-196.


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.