Delta 199 Recruit Journal Week 02

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Formed: August 11, 2020
Graduates:  October 02, 2020

Today September 05 ends Delta-199 week 02 of training. We have learned many things this week. Most of which is getting corrected by Company Commanders and signing Records of Counseling for our deficiencies. Second, is the “Fire, Fire, Fire” we constantly hear. The fire drills always follow “smoke session” aka, I.T. sessions. I can assure that D-199 has screamed “FIRE, FIRE, FIRE” approximately 2,000 times and I can also attest that not one of them has been because of a fire. After this week we have become stronger as a group in all sense of the word. The physical strength is not only from “smoke sessions” or gym workouts but from our canteens, yes, just like you read. Our Company Commanders can make a water bottle weight 200 pounds! How? You may ask, our Company Commanders are highly trained masters of inflicting pain. From full sea bags, to ink sticks to our empty hands, they can make it all weigh more than anything that you have ever lifted. Mind you, this is coming from someone who worked in construction.

We have four Company Commanders and one Section Commander. First we have IT1 Rapattoni, then we have HS1 Baez and YNC Zwearcan. Last but not least, we have “Mr. Papers” MST1 Hernandez our lead Company Commander. We have that nickname for him because he carries around a stack of records of counseling’s and is quick to write us up for any infraction, like candy in Halloween he hands them out. He is tough as a nail but it’s all because he doesn’t like mediocracy, give it all or nothing at all, pack your bags and go to E-199. Petty Officer Baez and Petty Officer Rapattoni are the all-star duo. Getting smoked by one is bad enough, imagine these two Men’s combined powers! It’s total chaos. Chief Zwearcan, Lord have mercy on us when he gets mad, he can carry on the pain sessions for hours.

On Friday, Delta-199 marched in Zulu-198 graduation ceremony. Every one of us felt different emotions that day while we marched, it was pride. Being able to wear the same uniform that other Women and Men have used to defend our country made us realize the honor, the privilege of becoming a member of the US Coast Guard. On that sane Friday we met our Company Mentor, Master Chief Hollandsworth. He gave us the motivation to see these dark day through. Delta-199 Week 02 of training came to an end. Like our Lead Company Commander says, it will be a cold September if we do not figure out Boot Camp quick. We will, we will soon rise to the occasion and become the Seaman or Firemen we are destined to be.

SR Santiago Ponce, A.E.    


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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