Victor 190 Recruit Journal Week 04

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Victor 190 Recruit Journal

Formed: January 13, 2015

Graduates: March 6, 2015


Week Ø4 Blog for V-19Ø

V-19Ø has reached the half way point in training and expectations from us are high! Recruits who have been sandbagging, not sounding off, not paying attention to detail and not studying are being called out and paying for it with sweat. It seems that almost half the company was sent to RAMP the other day, at the same time several group incentive training sessions and several recruits being placed on probation, it is clear tolerance for small mistakes has run out!!

With our Manual Of Arms test next week, we have been practicing M.O.A. checkpoints and piece nomenclature as a company. At this point in training we should be more in synch and our drills on point, but due to a failure to meet basic requirements such as moving with a sense of urgency, sounding off and knowing our required knowledge fluently, we have fallen behind.

Some highlights this week include passing our Close Order Drill test with our Section Commander, Chief Hollenbeck. We scored an 8.5 out of ten and was lead by one of our shipmates, who was entrusted by our Company Commanders, to march us. It involved several facing and marching movements we have learned up to this point. Although we passed, we still have a lot of work ahead of us, like Chief Carire says,” 1000% effort, 1000% of the time” and “perfect practice makes perfection”.

We also took our midterm test which also everything we’ve learned so far academically. We learned about colors and how to perform colors every morning and evenings and actually began performing colors on the regiment earlier than normal due to the low number of companies currently on board.

As V-19Ø approaches week Ø5, small mistakes will no longer be tolerated or excusable, we should already know better and should perform accordingly. We need to get physically and mentally stronger if we want to make our journey a little more enjoyable.

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.