Delta 197 Recruit Journal Week 02

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Delta 197 Recruit Journal

Formed: Jan 29, 2019

Graduates: Mar 22, 2019


Graduation Program: Posted Thursday afternoon: Week 7 Blog

Go to:

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


To view the Graduation Live: Time: 1100 AM

The live stream of the graduations are viewed by going to the training center’s Facebook page at


*It should be noted that the live streams are a courtesy and not a guarantee. There could be technical issues or resource availability issues that would interfere with the stream. The live streams are not intended to be high definition productions of the graduation ceremonies.


If you are looking for higher quality video products from your loved one’s graduation, you should contact VTS at 609-365-8889


Delta-197 Week 02 Summary


We have survived our first full week as a true company, a feat which, though only a beginning, is enough to have us reflect on what we’ve been through, and that we truly are starting to become new people. Some of our Company have sadly not made it with us, whether by choice or circumstance, they could not handle the jarring nature of Boot Camp. As our Company Commanders remind us daily, one of the promises Captain Gibbons made us was that we “would receive assistance, but that assistance will not always be easy”.

Most of our week has consisted in finding out what that assistance truly means, THE HARD WAY! Make no mistake, we are slowly forming into what we are meant to be; but for many of us, we must learn to adapt to a completely new way of life. It is both challenging and rewarding to grow in our knowledge of recruit requirements; How to dress, how to drill, how to make our racks, how to handle equipment properly, how to speak, even in a highly disciplined and regimented manner. Right now we are going through some growing pains.

“Growing Pains” definitely more than a metaphor. We began our regimented workouts to prepare for the final qualifying fitness tests with each individual striving at his or her own level to achieve their best as a company. Running core work, weightlifting, and swimming. Everything optimized for maximum performance in the fleet.

As for non-regimented workouts: those come in for it of “Incentive Training” or “Remedial Instruction”, where many of us are pushed beyond what we thought our physical and emotional limits were. But, as always, “No Pain, No Gain”. We are also being given increased responsibility in the form of company jobs, (such as Squad Leader, Yeoman or Health Coordinator), and standing watch, with every recruit given a taste of the nightly security routines on a cutter or shore station.

Finally, perhaps the greatest responsibility placed on us was meeting with Rear Admiral Brown and Command Master Chief Spencer of District 07. Normally, we would seldom come in contact with such senior members; but they are our company mentors, meeting with us in more relaxed classroom setting, reminding us to keep going when we feel like we can’t – that we are stronger than we think, there is are reason we are being challenged, and there is power in remembering why we are here.

And that is all worth it.

Fueled by the confidence won in pushing ourselves to growth, and by the supporting words of such strong and passionate supporters, we end the week with a hunger for triumph and success in whatever tomorrow may throw at us.




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.