Delta 197 Recruit Journal Week 06

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Delta 197 Recruit Journal

Formed: Jan 29, 2019

Graduates: Mar 22, 2019


We’ve made it through another week of ramped-up challenges, louder

screaming, and increased responsibility. The days seem to rush past and

blend into one big mass of screaming recruits, practical lessons, and

gut-wrenching teambuilding exercises in pursuit of unit pride.


But it was all worth it.


We earned our colors, and the associated privileges and responsibilities. It

was a long road that began with marksmanship training in preparation for

live-fire exercise at the range. Under the watchful eyes of experienced

gunners mates, we spent nearly all of this week learning how to shoot. We

learned the various stages of firing and reloading.


Tuesday, however was filled with many challenges. Not only was it the day of

our final physical fitness assessment that would determine our future in

this company, it was also the beginning of the last cycle of RAMP (Recruit

Aptitude and Motivation Program). As our Commanding Officer, Captain

Gibbons, says “Recruit Training is hard but we will assist you, however that

assistance will not always be comforting.”


Wednesday was dedicated to contacting our first units, making phone calls,

and sending e-mails. We are getting all of our necessary paperwork filled

out and turned in at career counseling, ensuring a smooth transition into

the fleet.


But perhaps the highlight of the week was earning the right to bear our

company colors as a senior company. Proving through a grueling teamwork

exercise on the quarterdeck that we are finally loud enough and coordinated

enough to march around the regiment with the poise and precision of a senior



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.