Victor 192 Recruit Journal Week 03

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Victor 192 Recruit Journal

Formed: April 26, 2016

Graduates: June 17, 2016


The smiling recruits of Victor-192 breezed through another week of training in sun drenched south jersey and accumulated another highlight reel as they did. The reel might not qualify for Americas funniest home videos, but it was definitely something.

The biggest highlight of the week probably came on Monday. Monday…happened. I can’t tell you what exactly happened, but I can promise you it certainly occurred. I’m sure there was plenty of Captain Crunch for everyone in the morning. Then came classes, two other meals and lots of time spent holding our canteens in front of us and memorizing words on them. But I can’t verify any of them. Monday just happened and it seems like ages ago already. The saying here at Cape May is that the days are long but the weeks fly by. It seems true so far and I’m pretty sure I know why: the New Jersey parallelogram. That has to be the case. Now, I don’t expect anyone to get that reference so use your own personal google machines and look it up. You’re welcome.


Alright, so obviously Monday was not the highlight, because some interesting things may have happened on Tuesday. Victor Company had its first seamanship class, which may or may not be important in a maritime military service, time will tell. But before class the entire company played “The Price is Right” with instructor Petty Officer Brooks doing his best Bob Barker impression as recruits tried to guess the cost of various models throughout the classroom. It was a lively game with a lot of participation and fun was had by all. And a lesson was even learned as well. Don’t break the models. They are expensive.


On Wednesday the company began the day with some Snap Crackle and Pop. In the form of Rice Krispies. Filling up delicious as ever. Afterwards half of the company got their future mug shots taken and then had those mug shots printed onto government issued military ids. It’s not possible to look good in a boot camp picture ID, its science. If there is someone out there who can pull it off, they’ve obviously made a mistake in their career field and should be modeling. After mug shots were completed the company spent the rest of the afternoon learning how to tie the five basic knots in seamanship class and now all of the companies recruits can tie their shoes the coast guard approved way.


Victor Company spent most of Thursday playing Helmsman boat simulator on what appeared to be Microsoft windows 98, although recruits can neither confirm nor deny the boat simulation was a real treat for all of the “gamers” in Victor Company who had been struggling without TV for the last few weeks. There was a constant line to practice steering a boat with only the best 20th century graphics. As far as any instructors or company commanders are concerned all attempts to log out of the learning simulator and into Oregon Trail 2 were unsuccessful.


On Friday Victor started off strong with a heaping of chow hall Frosted Flakes that were especially delicious and filling. I know someone who would even say they were great! After breakfast but before class, most of the company got to watch their own personal episode of American gladiator. As the sugary goodness settled in their stomachs. Most of Victor Company’s recruits kicked back, relaxed and enjoyed as they watched six of their shipmates perform feats of strength such as mattress presses, giant rope lifts, and maneuvers with fake rifles stolen starlight from American ninja warrior. As all of this was going on the company commanders were occasionally yelling “Are you not entertained” But Victor 192 was very entertained. If only there had been enough popcorn for everyone.


Saturday is a good bookend for week 03. It was just like Monday. Some classes, some training, plenty of cereal and a whole lot of sunshine. I’m actually serious about the sunshine this time though, I’ll be using sunscreen in the future…


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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