Delta 196 Recruit Journal Week 07

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Delta 196 Recruit Journal

Formed: May 22, 2018

Graduates: July 13, 2018


Graduation Program: Posted Thursday afternoon: Week 7 Blog

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Under the “Graduation Date” Tab you will be able to find the Graduation Program


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The company of Delta 196 has officially passed through the doors of Week 07 and are now crossing the threshold into our final week. Graduation is upon us and Week 07 was by far the most eye-opening and rewarding seven days thus far. We are leaving the Realm of Recruit and stepping into the boondockers of a Non-rate. Everything from the way we carry ourselves to the way we are now treated by company commanders is night and day from when we first arrived here.

On Monday, our stress level was through the overhead knowing Master Chief Wadley would be “babysitting” us that evening. However, this was the moment when we realized that the tides had shifted for us. Master Chief allowed us to dive into his Coast Guard career while he provided insight on the future of our own in this revered service. We were all taken aback by the Battalion Commander’s lack of hostility…but this was nothing compared to our Company Commanders’ behavior. We were given the incredibly surreal opportunity to look them in the eyes and ask them anything we wanted without fear of push-ups. What we took from these debriefs is that not only are these three individuals pretty normal but what drove them into their careers was not so much an unhealthy pleasure in making people cry but a desire to contribute exceptional new members to an organization they feel has served them more than they have served it.

In the same week, we earned 04 pennants to add to our guide-on which now boasts the Delta blue and gold stripes, those same colors flying proudly from the peak of the regimental flagpole. We are officially the senior company at Tracen Cape May and while that comes with a responsibility to lead by example…you may not recognize us from how big our heads are getting.

As a reward for the dedication we’ve shown, we were granted “Off-Base Liberty,” time to ourselves beyond the confines of boot camp. We stepped off donning garrison covers over our tropical blues. It’s very interesting what happens when you put on a uniform. We came back with stories of strangers going out of their way to pay for our meals, sit down and get to know us, simply shake our hands and say, “Thank you.” We now emanate leadership and sacrifice without saying a word and people respond with unexpected gratitude. The effect the uniform has on the wearer is mirrored, like there’s an invisible force compelling us to rise to these new standards. Suddenly every action we do or don’t take matters a great deal. The faith our countrymen have bestowed upon us is evident and the last thing we want to do is let them down.

That’s the big take away, isn’t it? Dedicate yourself to something greater than yourself. Think we’re up to it? Well, as Captain Gibbons told us in our very first week, “We’re just about to find out.”


— 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.