Victor 190 Recruit Journal Week 02

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Victor 190 Recruit Journal

Formed: January 13, 2015

Graduates: March 6, 2015


Every minute to hour for the next few days was a rude awakening. Recruits quickly learned to respond with Sir/’am; introducing and concluding every sentence that fell out of their mouths. Perhaps knowing that these forming days would be nothing compared to indoc weekend was what shook Victor-190 up the most. “Just 8 weeks…Just 8 weeks,” was the only positive reminder many could summon because this first week with their new company commanders, their new leaders has been pivotal.

Recruits of Victor-190 tested their physical abilities with a 1.5 mile run, sit-ups, swimming and (what we would like to call) “Pushing planet earth” Every task given has been accompanied with a countdown. Think quickly, act quickly, and be ready.

Victor-190 has also attended classes this week somewhere squished into a frantic schedule that starts at a dark early hour and ends at a very fatigued late one. They’ve learned about drastic transformations that occur when getting assigned to your first unit and all the assistance the Coast Guard provides to help you through it. And with that the military courtesies, ranks and rates, etc.

Recruits are learning more about each other every day and are coming to the understanding that Victor-190 must come together as a team to complete what feels impossible. They’ve attended swim circuits, life cycles and used the weight machines on top of getting from point “A” to point “B” with a sense of urgency. They wait for fellow shipmates to form up in Cape May’s frigid January atmosphere and many recruits have also signed up for choir at the chapel and found their first time enjoyable.

While experiencing a day of snow and wind, Victor-190 marched to the armory to be issued their pieces (an M-16 non-gun). The week was concluded by finally meeting their mentor, Master Chief Hooker. Many recruits were relieved to have their questions about their future careers answered by a very experienced and knowledgeable man. Victor-190 is entering week 03. A week with brand new challenges to face every day keeping in mind to think quick, act quick, and always be ready.

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.