Victor 191 Recruit Journal Week 04

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Victor 191 Recruit Journal

Formed: August 25, 2015

Graduates: October 16, 2015



Week 04 Historian Summary


Weekends at Basic Training are not nearly as relaxing as weekends at home. The big week 04 is pretty much complete, and it was a surprising one, as things really began to take a turn, and if you didn’t know your stuff, it wasn’t for the better.

We transitioned from physical to mental (though the physical hardships were not over), Instead of “Fire, fire, fire”, it was “Cram, Cram, Cram”. There were highs and lows, as there are in every aspect of Basic Training. We said goodbye to a few shipmates, which wasn’t easy, but as EM1 Placencia has been telling us, “I have given you the tools to succeed, you just have to use them. We went to the pistol range, however, and got to witness a few marksman’s and sharpshooters. There were midterms, rack inspections, probations, physical fitness tests, and more ramp given out than a wheelchair convention. Our dream sheets were exciting, and sparked a new fire in our eyes. It all ended with the choosing of our own fate. BM2 Loeffler explained to us that it would be an easy day, as long as we could function well and scream loud. We were quick to learn that the punishment came as easy as the reward, and as the day progressed, so did we. There are signs of teamwork starting to show, and the company is starting to work harder and work together, whether it be by sounding off as one voice, or working together to make our racks. Just as easily as we were sentenced to our death by sweat, we were rewarded, and were able to practice marching. We cleaned and organized uniforms, turned the toes of our boondockers into mirrors, and made our racks perfect, with the hopes of redeeming ourselves from our latest rack inspection.A good end to the week, we can only wait and see how the next week will turn out.

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.