Delta 197 Recruit Journal Week 03

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Delta 197 Recruit Journal

Formed: Jan 29, 2019

Graduates: Mar 22, 2019




Sunday, the last day of week 03, was, in comparison with previous Sundays, a huge success for our company, and we hit the rack tonight with high morale and a sense of esprit de corps. True, we missed our first time objective of the day and ended up holding heavy stuff over our heads before and after morning chow but we made every time objective after that, got our racks squared away during divine hours, and were actually on schedule for once for almost the entire day.

Today’s divine hours were also made more efficient courtesy of our Lead Company Commander loaning us lighters to speed up shining our boots, though it would normally take at least 20 to 30 minutes per pair the standard way, we learned how to use lighters to cut the time down nearly three quarters.

We are finally coming together as a team, helping each other with racks and compensating for each other’s shortcomings, from household skills like ironing and folding, to seamanship and studying. However, one thing that we could not do as a team is the midterm physical fitness assessment, which determines whether individual shipmates move on, rephrase, or receive extra physical training to meet the standard.

We were all sore going into the test after midday chow, especially after some serious intensive training yesterday. Some of us did well, some not so well, but we all hope to keep as many in our company as possible. After the assessment of running, pushups and sit-ups, we spent nearly five hours in seamanship learning about the different classes of fire, and how to extinguish them, among other things necessary for safe operations in the fleet. Today was overall excellent as far as we can tell, and we hope it sets the tone for the next week and beyond.

Semper Paratus

-Delta 197



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.