Victor 191 Recruit Journal Week 07

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Victor 191 Recruit Journal

Formed: August 25, 2015

Graduates: October 16, 2015

The week started in a crawl. Most of us were suffering from a sugar hangover. Divine hours gave us the time to recover and refocus from on base liberty. Almost all the divine hours were filled with whispers about our conversations with our families and friends the night before. Quickly, we turned our attention to our final test, manual of arms, and close order drill test. These are the basic measures of the knowledge and skills attained during recruit training. A big help this week was finally getting to drink coffee with our meals. This boost, however, was nothing compared to earning our colors. This is only given when the company commanders feel a company is maturing and finally has come together. Marching behind the new guidon gave us more pride than had ever been felt by Victor-191. The week wasn’t completely perfect. There were a few bumps in the road, but it wasn’t anything a little bit of sweat couldn’t fix. Through this week, we even got to see the mythical human side of our company commanders. We even had the chance to hear a little bit of the reasons as to why they joined the United States Coast Guard and had the opportunity to ask a few questions. All week felt like we were beginning to be built up, and our morale reached a new high. On Friday, the biggest day of Coast Guard Recruit Training, other than graduation, started. First we had the finals, and we did well enough to earn a pennant for our guidon. Then we had our manual of arms and close order drill test. ASTC Carire scored us a 20/20. With this score, SK1 Russo finally gave us desert. The week ended with a full day of liberty. There isn’t a much better way to end your week than spending time talking with your family, and hanging out with the new family that you’ve discovered in the past 07 weeks.


Coast Guard Recruit Company Victor 191 and Uniform Graduation Program


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.