Delta 198 Recruit Journal Week 07

International Maritime Signal Flag Delta

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

Delta 198 had no problem getting out of the rack Friday morning because we all knew that Charlie-198 was graduating and now it’s finally our time to shine as the Senior Company and show our Company Commanders how loud and disciplined we’ve become.

The morning was kicked off with an open and closed book Final exam of all the material we’ve covered the past seven weeks. After almost everyone passed we hurried over to practice for the Manual of Arms and Close order drill test. Since it was judged and graded by our Section Commander, Chief Snyder, Whom we have yet to please even in the slightest degree. We were very eager to get our timing and placement perfect. After the test was complete Chief Snyder got in front of the company to inform us we aren’t the brightest bunch, but we yelled so loud and were so together that he gave us a perfect 10 out of 10 score and we earned the Close Order Drill Pennant.

Our stone cold Lead Company Commander told us that we should be proud and allowed us a single pat on the back. We were then instructed to march our pieces back down to Goff hall where we got them six weeks ago, but not before one more Sniper session. The afternoon ended with Delta-198 earning our colors to be flown over the regiment to symbolize we are the senior company aboard. Now we allowed to wear the Coast Guard cover we will wear in the fleet to show we have met the standard to adequately perform as a member of the United States Coast Guard. The day came to a close with Petty Officer Fortenberry talking to us and answering questions we have and occasionally telling some stories about his experiences as a Company Commander and an Electronics Technician.

As everyone get to breathe a little easier for the night, we are grateful for how full circle we have come and how much we’ve grown throughout this process and we can’t wait to tell our friends and family about it!

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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