Victor 192 Recruit Journal Week 02


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Victor 192 Recruit Journal

Formed: April 26, 2016

Graduates: June 17, 2016


Victor-192 Week 02 Summary


We’ve been away from home for less two weeks yet it feels like an eternity. Friday the 29th of May brought the ultimate shock factor since arriving in Cape May. Victor Company met our Company Commanders, Petty Officer Gera, Petty Officer McCall, Petty Officer Fairburn and Petty Officer Martinez. Every one of us realized we were in unfamiliar territory and we were weak, little prey being hunted by hungry dogs. As soon as we left the safe haven of Sexton Hall under the care of our Lead Company Commander, Petty Officer Gera, we knew nothing would ever be the same again. Like wild dogs foaming at the mouth, our Assistant Company Commanders started getting in our faces, spit flying everywhere like a popped water balloon. They attacked every mistake, every word and every wrong movement. The walls of our new home, James Hall, shook as we were instructed on the import things here at recruit training. Every second is crucial now. “Mission Failed” results in “Fire Fire Fire.” Speaking incorrectly results in holding out a 600 page Coast Guard’s Manual reading about the purpose of punishment. We are learning that mistakes are paid for with pain and sweat. We knew it would be intense, but I don’t think any of us were ready for this.


“Fill your canteens all the way to the tip pity top,” are words we have all become intimately familiar with, as we grab our olive green military issued canteens that weigh maybe 5lbs when full. At least they weigh 5lbs for the first five miniatures of holding them straight out in from of you. After five minutes, they slowly start to get heavier and heavier as your shoulders go numb and the sweat pours off each individual in buckets. It is probably around minute 15 that your back starts to bend and compromise from holding this immensely heavy piece of plastic and all we can think about is, “Where’s the beautiful beach? Is Coast Guard boot camp supposed to be this hard?” At the same time you are wondering why you signed up for this, you are also running through the series of mistakes you made to get you to holding that canteen. Why are we holding canteens you ask? Canteens are the Coast Guard’s solution to most of the early problems recruits have here at Training Center Cape May. Serious problems. Violations such as shoelaces being not tucked in, combination locks not being on zero, trash not taken out, time objectives not being met and people not being loud enough are easily fixed with a canteen.


As week 02 comes to a close, Victor-192 has been blessed with the notorious sickness they call the Cape May crud. Now every night we get to drift off to sleep to the soundtrack of 60 exhausted recruits hacking snot and crud from their chest. To make things even better, pink eye has claimed 04 recruits in 02 days with no sign of slowing down. Things are just getting better and better for Victor-192. The Company Commanders can see we are all exhausted and feel like dying, so they are nice enough to give us plenty of sweat sessions to try and work the sickness out of us. Our days continue to be filled with fun games like “Change In/Change Out” and “Self Discipline” and of course the classic, “FIRE FIRE FIRE!” Let’s hope Week 03 brings less games and more training.



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.


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