Delta 199 Recruit Journal Week 03

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

After a full week of beating after beating in the satanic version of summer camp we call “United States Coast Guard basic training”. The exhausted little E-1’s of Delta-199 were looking forward to a peaceful (or at least relatively peaceful) Sunday morning. Anyone who knows Petty Officer Hernandez would not at all be surprised to know that this was not how their Sunday morning wake up would go down.

Instead of a slow, laxed, pre-Devine hours routine of lazing around in physical fitness gear and taking their sweet time getting ready for morning chow, Petty Officer Hernandez launched the Company into a full on search and rescue week test run.

All 83 of Delta-199’s recruits had to catapult themselves out of their racks at 0600, get in line for muster, and throw on a full operational dress uniform (including fumbling with clunky boondockers and detangling blousing straps). Then be in formation outside ready to step off for chow at 0610. Really, this was just a taste of what is to come next week.

As one shipmate said, “If you thought that was hard, just wait until you have to do it on 30 minutes less of sleep for 06 days in a row”. Yikes! It was not just the ending of week 03 that was rough either. Round 02 of probation went off with a bang. The bottom percentile of Delta-199 underachievers donning snazzy red belts and fighting to the death in a Coast Guard general knowledge trivial pursuit showdown at every chowtime to keep their spot in Company. Mountains of records of counseling are being shoveled into our training records. Some getting so fat the filing cabinet might just bust.

Okay, so maybe week 03 was not all doom and gloom. Mostly, at least, but not all. Delta-199 did get to start a nice little break from the constant opportunity to learn practical knowledge about working on cutters and small boats. We are learning everything from knot tying to the parts of a vessel and equipment used during search and rescue mission. Seamanship was an important part of Delta-199’s growth during this past week because it allowed us to look beyond the constant sniper positions, push-ups and passing seabags to being able to imagine ourselves actually in the fleet and doing the jobs of a Coast Gurardsman. Hopefully this gives the Company the motivation needed to push through into the later weeks of training.

Delta-199 still has miles to go in terms of leadership and teamwork, not to mention integrity, but week 04 will either get them there or become a survival of the fittest.   

SR Salak, T.A.

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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