Victor 192 Recruit Journal Week 05

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Victor 192 Recruit Journal

Formed: April 26, 2016

Graduates: June 17, 2016


Week 05 Summary


As week 05 comes to an end, Victor has the finish line in its sights now more than ever. In what has been the most crucial week of training as of yet; Victor stepped up and made drastic improvements as a company. Weeks 01 through 04, the mindset for most of us was “Just Survive.” Victor was a company of individuals all just trying to make it through another day without being chewed up, spit out, and drop kicked into Whiskey Company. But after the pain, sweat, and tears; Victor experienced after Week 04 the change in Victor can be seen from a mile away. Even better is you can hear Victor coming from a mile away as we have become the loudest, proudest, meanest company on the regiment. Going through such pain and struggle has brought us closer than any friends we have had before. The transformation started with our first company run on Monday. Company Runs are a special thing we learned that day because from the moment it started we all stopped being individuals. Something about all of us running perfectly in step as we shouted catchy cadences about the transformation from a civilian into a U.S. Coast Guardsman or the dangers and 20 ft swells that we will have to endure to save lives, brought Victor truly together as a unit from that point on.


Week 05 was also the week we have started marching in the graduation parade. If company runs were not motivating enough, seeing the company just a couple weeks ahead of us graduate, surely lights a fire under us all. Seeing them finally able to hold their loved ones and walking tall in their tropical blues as they take the step into the next adventure in life motivates every last one of us to do better than we did yesterday to push ourselves farther than we thought possible and to earn everything. Life is extremely hard at Cape May, and every time we become a little bit better, we are given more responsibility. Every time we become a little stronger, faster, better, our expectations are doubled, and tripled. You must be your very best at all times here, because when it comes to being in the fleet, not being at our best at every moment can mean lives lost. Week 05 has been all about maintaining focus. Thoughts of graduation are one thing but as we received our orders this week the threat of losing our focus is at an all time high. We have began planning and training for what comes after our time here at Cape May and Victor has done an incredible job at “living from chow to chow>” Along with company runs and receiving orders, Week 05 has also been the week of pulling teeth literally. About half the company has had their wisdom teeth pulled this week and we are currently a company of angry, focused, determined and proud recruits marching along side by side with angry, proud, determined, zombified chipmunks. Many of our cheeks are the sizes of small melons but it will not keep us from marching proudly and tall. The squadbays in Victor are shining. It seems every day another rack is emptied and someone from the back moves up to fill it in. With training demanding more and being more crucial than ever, Week 05 was also about making the cut, and many recruits did not. But as Week 05 ends the ones still standing are stronger and more unified than ever. And Victor-192 has hit full stride and surely becoming the best company on the regiment..



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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