Victor 192 Recruit Journal Week 04


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Victor 192 Recruit Journal

Formed: April 26, 2016

Graduates: June 17, 2016

Victor-192 Week 04 Summary


When 80 civilians stepped on the bus to go to Cape May, we had done our research and heard stories of what to expect. A common rumor that many of us heard multiple times was that the first three weeks were going to be the hardest and everything after that would be mostly hands on training. “Get through week 03 and your golden,” we would hear, but let Victor-192 be the ones to tell you the truth. Week 04 will probably be the most physically demanding, painfully exhausting and mentally trying week of your life. The week started with a slap to the face for Victor. We had ended week 03 on a good note by coming together to complete tasks and meet time objectives. Like the shine that was starting to form on our boondockers, Victor recruits were finally starting to shine from the time and work we had been putting in. However, the second you become relaxed at Cape May, your Company Commanders will make sure your world comes crashing down upon you like you like you have never experienced before. As a way to show us that one or two good days mean nothing in the big scheme of things, Victor was introduced to the most painful Incentive Training sessions we had ever experienced. FIRE, FIRE, FIRE with our pieces or holding a mattress above your head is sure to teach you sooner than later that nothing will be given to you in boot camp. You must earn every little thing.


Week 04 was mostly about check points. We had our Physical Fitness test on Wednesday and most of us passed. We have been through a lot these past 03 weeks. Our bodies are breaking down, sore and exhausted, but we pushed through the pain and did what we needed to do in order to get one step closer to becoming US Coast Guardsmen. Thursday we went to the range. The best part about the range was the 45 minute bus ride with no Company Commanders. The ride gave us a moment to relax and reflect on why we were here. It was much needed, but apparently it wasn’t enough for Victor to get our act together.


Often you can tell how a company is doing on the regiment just by listening to what they yell while marching. Victor Company’s marches all week have been mostly, “Victor Company doesn’t care,” or in the ultimate shame, not getting to march at all. We were just told to move in a giant herd with our hand in our pockets and heads down. After our midterms we found out we were literally being kicked out of James Hall by our Section Commander for having atrocious squad bays. We packed everything we had and moved to Sexton Hall. Victor who is going into week 05 was now living in the hall reserved for forming companies. Many of the punishments that happen here have been done a hundred times before to other companies, but this was unprecedented. For the majority of us in Victor-192 this was a sickening feeling. It is a privilege to be here and most of us realize that.


Though boot camp is difficult, exhausting and sometimes feels impossible most of us experience feelings of honor and humility when we put on our Operational Dress Uniforms with the Coast Guard seal. Now all of that has been taken away from us. We are being treated like week 01 recruits now and it is testing the people who want to be here the most. Though we have been ripped open and tossed around, the people who truly want this will lift this company. The ones who don’t care will not last. The ones who are only here for themselves will be gone. Soon Victor-192 is going to earn back their privileges and we will put everything we have into protecting them, just like the dedication and devotion we will put into protecting the people of the United States of America.

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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