Delta 197 Recruit Journal Week 05

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Delta 197 Recruit Journal

Formed: Jan 29, 2019

Graduates: Mar 22, 2019


Week 05 Summary Delta-197


What a week 05 was. Even though it flashed by in an instant, there were many pivotal points to Recruit Training in it. From starting with Search and Rescue Week (SAR) and the Section Commander Inspection, it was made clear early in the week a lot more responsibility was going to be placed on our shoulders. As the week went on we saw a glimpse of how week 08 will be. As we received our Dress Uniforms, and had the opportunity to stand watch for Bravo-197’s Graduation. This newly given responsibilities were not just another Company Commander game however, its purpose was to help us once we leave boot camp. Once we received our orders on Thursday the lesson being taught stuck out to us. Our mentor Master Chief Spencer drove the point home when he spoke to us on Saturday about how to prepare for our new roles, and how to avoid making the mistakes that ends some careers.

Week 05 the dreaded so called SAR week. 07 days of going straight sleep to high-speed performance in a time objective few us us could have achieved as civilians. Full Operational Dress Uniforms, shaved and stepping off for chow with racks made and all hands accounted for in about 15 minutes. It sounds a whole lot easier than it is because each step has specific rules that must be followed to the letter or the mission fails.

Part of preparing us for that responsibility was allowing us to stand watch for Bravo-197’s graduation. The takes included greeting civilians, pointing them in the right direction and holding open the doors for them. Easy Enough? Well there is no task in boot camp without a little stress. Along with greeting the civilians we had to properly greet and address almost any rank imaginable without flaw.

Another taste of Graduation was being fitted for and receiving our dress uniforms. Just looking at ourselves in the mirror reassured us this 08 week “adventure” will all be worth it when the time comes.

Perhaps the most anticipated and exiting event of the week was receiving our orders in a rite of passage all recruits go through. On a beautiful sunny day with not a cloud to be seen – a far cry from our future work conditions – we were marched to the regimental colors, where we were called up one by one to receive our orders.

We finish week 05 full of hope for the future, full of pride for the past, and full of constant exhilaration or nervousness for the present.


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.