Delta 196 Recruit Journal Week 06

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Delta 196 Recruit Journal

Formed: May 22, 2018

Graduates: July 13, 2018


Family and friends,


06 weeks down, 12 days to go. Your beloved recruits are 3 quarters of the way to becoming certified members of the United States Coast Guard. If you’re having trouble digesting the gravity of that last statement, you’re not alone.

For the first time since receiving our assignments, we made contact with our new units and supervisors. Which means, very soon we are about to step out into the real world and start being productive members of the Coast Guard. Yes, your sons and daughters that came running to your bed at night when they had a bad dream or a storm was outside. We will soon be the ones heading out into those same storms when others need help. We will be the ones intercepting drug runners, ensuring our ports are secure, and protecting the ocean from pollution. We will be part of something bigger, something that millions of people recognize as a symbol of protection. Crazy. All of us here had to take a few steps back process the reality of our present situation… then continue taking steps forward here in Cape May.

As part of our week 06 classes, we got firearms training. Tuesday and Thursday we got to go off base to a shooting range where we learned not only how to aim and fire, but also how to conduct an emergency reload and how to handle misfires. The emphasis was on safety, so even while we were putting rounds through the targets, which looked like Mr. Clean’s evil cousin, we were treating our firearms with respect and keeping a close eye on the muzzle. Apparently there are quite a few sharp shooters in our company because Delta was awarded the marksmanship pennate.

Now, some of you may be hearing about all of this for the first time, but we expect that most of you, this is just a recap. We were granted our on base liberty this Saturday. Giving us the privilege of cell phones for a whole 6 hours! We swear we only checked our Facebook account for a few moments before finally calling all of you.

In all seriousness though, we know you’ve been waiting for this fleeting opportunity to have a real conversation with us. Since before we stepped of the bus at TRACEN Cape May, can you imagine how we felt? Having been stripped of any slight connection we had to our former lives for almost 2 months. Hearing and seeing your faces is the closest we’ve come to feeling like ourselves again. Talk about a moral boost. I’m sure you will all be looking forward to next Saturday, not as much as us, when we get our off base liberty. Until next time though.

-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.