Victor 190 Recruit Journal Week 03

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Victor 190 Recruit Journal

Formed: January 13, 2015

Graduates: March 6, 2015


Victor-190 Week Ø3 Blog

Week Ø3 for Victor-19Ø brought along many changes. This week, many recruits were sent to Recruit Aptitude and Motivational Program, or RAMP. RAMP is a two hour long intense work out session designed to help recruits correct their deficiencies.

V-190 recruits began to take on more responsibilities without much aide from our Company Commanders. V-190 squad leaders have been marching the company around the regiment. We have also started taking Seamanship classes this week. We learned about lines, knots, WQSB bills, and helm commands. Through these classes, many of the lessons our Company Commanders have tried to teach us about moving fast, with speed and precision took on new importance. When there is an emergency on a ship, it’s important to act quickly and without hesitation. That is why when we do drills or change in and out of go-fasters, (sneakers), repetitively, it gets us to learn how to act quickly and work as a team. Also, in emergencies shipmates need to hear you, so we saw the real life application of always sounding off and keeping your eyes in the boat, or as Chief Carire would say, “Eyes on your survivor”! Everything we learn now, like always having an ink stick, (pen), and being alert even with little sleep, is preparing us to perform our duties in the fleet. If we drop the ball, those we serve could die.

V-19Ø recruits also learned about articles I-IV which makes up the military Code of Conduct. We listened to inspirational stories from former prisoners of war who showed us we need to have the will to NEVER give up! Getting through difficult circumstances takes perseverance, never giving up, and responsibility of Command. V-19Ø is beginning to understand that every physical and mental test we are put through, including Incentive Training and RAMP serve a purpose, and that is to build our minds, bodies and most importantly, our characters.

We are entering the military, which means we may be asked to demonstrate the measure of our commitment with our lives. Basic training is part of building our mental fortitude. Perhaps the most memorable part of the lesson was some advice from our Lead Company Commander, Chief Carire, on how to not only make it through basic training but to excel in life itself. He told us: Do everything with 1ØØØ% effort, Always do the right thing, even if we think no one is looking, Use whatever motivates us to go faster, stronger and work harder, Above all it takes sacrifices and hard work to accomplish our goals! Until Next week, V-19Ø pushing forward.


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.