Coast Guard Recruit Company Delta 188: Week 06

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Graduates: May 17, 2013

International Maritime Flag Delta

International Maritime Flag Delta

So close… Yet so far! Week 06 down, just two more to go. However, if these next two weeks unravel as smoothly, or better than this one, it would be alright with us. It seems like the impossible is now easily becoming possible; especially when you have a freshly formed company on the regiment to look at and use as a “point of reference” for improvement. Delta-188 has come a long way. From struggling with 10 minute time objectives, scrambling to be on time, to now helping button up properly each others’ uniforms, clean and neatly sort our racks, all within those 10 minutes. Next hardest objective is to get better than that, but hey, they say it’s possible.

So this week has truly provided an insane amount of motivation to get through this. From fighting fires, knowing our roots in Coast Guard history classes, contacting our units and becoming the senior company on the regiment. Dang it feels so good! The feeling was enhanced today when we were able to tour our future occupational facilities, such as a small boat station, the CGC Vigorous, and even board the signature 47’ motor life boat. During those tours all we could do was smile and look at each other like when a child smashes their piggy bank to head over to the toy store. Man, we are restless at this point. Personally I’ve never been more excited for anything else as much as this. I mean, c’mon what kind of girl would turn down a sailor?! Exactly, not one. Delta-188 is hungry so gang way; because we promise to be the best possible asset to the fleet ever! A disappointment is not even in our vocabulary at this point. It’s what we think of when we now, sleep, eat, and work out.

Just one thing stands in the way, unfortunately. Monday’s Battalion Commander’s inspections; Aw, man, we’re all scared for our lives. It probably won’t be as bad as we expect, but the fact that we’re so close to the end is just a vision none of us want to lose. It is nothing to really fear if we continue excelling like we have been though. So our fingers are crossed! C’mon, Delta-188!