Victor 190 Recruit Journal Week 06

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Victor 190 Recruit Journal

Formed: January 13, 2015

Graduates: March 6, 2015


As week 06 comes to a close, V-190 recruits finally start to settle into our roles as senior recruits on the regiment. We are expected to do more on our own now that we have been trained on how to be “squared away” seaman recruits by our Company Commanders.

“Pins and Needles” is a good phrase to summarize the events of this past week. We moved into our new home at Healy Hall, where the senior recruits live. The move can only be described as frantic and hectic. 78+ recruits cramming everything they own into a large military seabag, and carrying whatever else did not fit. We were a sight to see, running across the regiment at break neck speed trying to get our belongings unpacked and inspection ready in record time.

Moving into our new home brings a new set of responsibilities and more stress. Gone are the days of group incentive training and tons of performance trackers. When a recruit makes a mistake, it can lead to automatic reversion out of VICTOR company to a more junior company 3 weeks behind.

What kind of mistakes could lead to such action: leaving your rack unsecured (not locked), or being late to watch are big items. Also, not having confidence in Military customs and courtesies (not responding correctly, not greeting properly) The expectations are high and the standards are rigid. There is little room for error as we were made well aware by one of our Section Commanders, when he made us sign a record of counseling outlining the expectations for senior recruits.

Fear of reversion is just one of the many for a week 06 recruit. However, the biggest fear is that of the unknown. So many questions arise? When will there be a big inspection? How will we ever remember all our required knowledge? Will we be prepared to go to our first units? What will our first duty stations be like?

V-190 recruits have struggled along our journey and though we have a lot of battle scars, we are surging forward towards the end. As Chief Carire says, we are learning “to practice how we fight” at the end of the week we reached a huge milestone – we received our company colors!! After a confusing trek through snow carrying a line, we stopped at the edge of the ocean, then out of nowhere, we saw our Lead Company Commander, Chief Carire, emerge from the ice covered ocean to present VICTOR-190 with our new guidon. It was an emotional moment for Victor Company. We swelled with pride as Chief Carire talked to us. “NEVER” lose sight of our goals, and find a way to overcome obstacles in our way. He also spoke to us about fear, Be mindful, respectful, and fearful of the water. Let our fears keep us on our toes so we are always ready, humble and drive forward to succeed.

After chow the anticipation continued to build as we prepared for our on-base liberty. 6 hours of free time on base. After our liberty, VICTOR-190 recruits flipped the switch, maintained our military bearing, and continued with one foot in front of the other.

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.