Delta 199 Recruit Journal Week 05

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

Wow! What a week for Delta-199. We learned so much and got so many things done. We started off the week with firearms training. Petty Officer Rayne, Petty Officer Simpson, and Petty Officer Davis were very helpful and informative. We learned the basics of how to aim, reload, and keep proper muzzle control. The belts we put our firearms in were placed pretty weird though, we were out there walking like penguins.

After the first day of firearms training we had our fitness assessment which everyone did fairly well on. That night the first group went to the range to go shoot. It was a very fun and enjoyable time, other than the peanut butter and jelly sandwiches that tasted like they had been sitting for a couple days. The range was super far in the middle of nowhere, we saw deer almost everywhere we looked. We had a great time out there though, and our coaches were super helpful.

After we got done with the firearms training, we had our final seamanship class. Petty Officer Vickers showed us how to toss lines, which was pretty fun. After we had fun tossing lines we went straight into our seamanship final. The final was pretty easy because all of our instructors were very good. We all did very well and we got our seamanship pennant. We also got our firearms training pennant because we shot so well at the range. Charlie-199’s graduation got moved up because Admiral Shultz came into town for them. We ended up having our final close order drill and manual of arms test which made us all nervous because we wanted to do well and not mess up. We ended up doing well and we obtained the section commander pennant. Chief Krusko was very proud and impressed by us and how we quickly came together even though we didn’t get the extra day to train and prepare for it.

The next day was our final exam. The final exam was a breeze because our company commanders engraved and banged all the required knowledge in our heads. Since we all passed the close order drill and manual arms test and the final exam, we can eat desserts and drink coffee, which is one of the many awesome things we earned this week. We were also given our new official coastguard covers. We got rid of the old recruit covers. We did have to sweat for them though, but it was worth it.

A lot of this week was also travel stuff and getting everything together so we can make sure we get to our units in a timely manner and have a plan. Ms. Peggy and Petty Officer Kershaw were huge helps and made it fairly easy and a little less stressful for us. Today which is Saturday we had our pugil stick battles. It was a great time because we go to beat each other with sticks and Petty officer Baez and Chief Zwearcan were our coaches. Petty officer Baez was really getting into it. He was in the zone, acting like a boxing coach. After we had a great time rearranging each other’s faces, we finally had our on base liberty. It was such a chill day on our phones catching up with family, catching up with the world, and catching up with the new music that came out. It went by so quickly it was ridiculous, but we had an amazing day just chilling and breathing. We missed a lot in the world but we also didn’t because COVID is still a thing. Delta-199 had a very crazy, exciting, and jam packed week. It was a very great week and now we are the senior company, and we have just one week to go!

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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