Delta 198 Recruit Journal Week 04

International Maritime Signal Flag Delta

Formed: October 29, 2019
Graduates: December 20, 2019

Halfway through and many hardships later, Delta company is starting to look towards the home stretch. This week has gotten harder as it progressed – both physically and mentally. We took a midterm exam which had us racking our brains trying to remember all that we have learned so far at Cape May. Instead of our usual gym time workout, we took a dip in the pool and did some cardio by swimming a “sprint” from one end to the other. We kept that up for almost an hour and were pleasantly surprised at how far we’ve come on our fitness – which we “thank” our Company Commanders for. They’ve been giving us extra attention this week, making sure we’re ready for our next stage in training – and their method of tender, loving care is facilitated by pieces, canteens, seabags…the works. They weren’t the only ones who brought on the heat. This week Delta Company was instructed and tested on fire fighting. We donned the full equipment (including the breathing apparatus!) and worked our way through a mock fire-aboard-ship situation.

A huge motivator that not only got us through the day but is giving us hope for next week is our “dream sheets”. Delta Company filled out our dream assignments in preparation for our first duty stations. Shipmates marked down preferences for color guard, afloat vs. ashore assignments, and some even opted to put in for ice breakers. Though we know not everyone will get exactly what they want, we are all still excited to see what fate has in store for us. With week 04 coming to a close more is expected of us and we have been making sure to cross our T’s and dot our I’s. We have spent countless hours shining boots, ironing uniforms, and organizing our racks. It’s all in the hopes to be inspection ready and embody the proper military bearing the Coast Guard boasts. As we stand now, we wouldn’t even recognize ourselves from four weeks ago, although it feels like we only just got here. Another four weeks and we’ll be off to our new stations. Boot camp memories will be far behind us, melting away like tears in the rain.

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.

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