Delta 196 Recruit Journal Week 05

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Delta 196 Recruit Journal

Formed: May 22, 2018

Graduates: July 13, 2018




Friends and Family,

Your Delta recruits have dragged their worn and weary bodies through week 05 of training, and boy, was it one mother of a week. Week 05 is known as “S.A.R.” week. “S.A.R.” stands for the Coast Guards highest priority mission, “Search and Rescue”. At TRACEN Cape May, it takes on a whole new meaning: “Search and Revert”. S.A.R. week is well known for the number of recruits it washes out like an 8 foot tidal wave sucking them back in training an extra week (or two weeks in our case) until all that is left of them is the “Echo” of their voice.

This week began with a uniform inspection conducted by none other than our own revered Battalion Commander Master Chief Wadley. In the thick New Jersey fog of Monday morning, one of the most intimidating individuals reviewed the shine of our boondockers, and the rolls of our sleeves. It was the most paranoid we have ever been about the slightest wrinkle in our blouses.

As if that wasn’t stressful enough, our company commanders “motivated” us to figure out how to wake up, get dressed, shave our faces, females gel their hair, and brush our teeth as well as form up outside ready to step off for morning chow all within the generous time frame of 08 minutes. If only we could have managed to pull this off back in our high school days!

However, despite all the hurdles we had to jump this week there was one big driving factor; we received our first unit orders this Saturday. By now you have hopefully heard from us or have been filled in on this big milestone in our Coast Guard Careers. We can easily say that the 05 minutes we were able to hear your voices and share this exciting news with have been the best 05 minutes we have encountered while being here. There to give us our assignments was our company mentor, Admiral Thomas, along with his wife, Dr. Thomas, accompanied by Master Chief Jones, his wife, and Lieutenant Freeman. All of which provided us with insightful information and motivation to push forward and strive for success just as each one of them have achieved. Our Company commanders also attended, providing their usual colorful commentary letting us have a couple well needed laughs.

Sadly this event brought our military bearing crashing down and Petty Officer Repasi was there to build it back up before we could blink. Basic Training is a privilege you utilize every single day. You’re there in order to mold yourself into an individual fit to represent the uniform you proudly wear. As Petty Officer Repasi drilled into us, “People have died in this uniform. You need to respect that.” For a true Coast Guardsman, the training is never over. And so we march on, now more aware than ever that Honor, Respect, and Devotion to Duty are not only core values to live by, but to earn.


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.