Victor 192 Recruit Journal Week 06

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Victor 192 Recruit Journal

Formed: April 26, 2016

Graduates: June 17, 2016

All water flows to the sea, moving as one body, inland to the coast. It flows over the rapids, and slows through calms. At times a river will come to a trickle and at other times it will rush with force, Victor Company is on a river looking for its sea. Week 06 took Victor through highs and lows. Monday started on a high note, Fire training was intense. The instructors gave an in depth clinic on how to dress and dawn fire protective gear. Friday was a day that every recruit in Victor will remember. Friday was the day Victor earned its colors. Emotions ran high that day, deep lows followed by overwhelming highs. Words cannot describe Fridays afternoon. The day started like any other but compliancy and confusion found its way into the ranks. Just when we thought everything was going as planned, we were suddenly greeted by the presence of our Lead Company Commander. We were given 05 minutes to pack all of our belongings and be out front. We formed up with heavy sea bags on our backs and began to march forward. Our Lead Company Commander, BM1 Gera, marched us between Munro and Sexton Hall, both of which are named after heroic Coast Guardsmen who gave their lives in the line of duty. Motivation sets in with Coast Guard legacy on our minds and we continue on, marching far beyond the regiment towards the beach. This long march consisted of mosquito bites and disappointed words from our respected Lead Company Commander. Not one person wants to disappoint. We all want to prove ourselves as a Company, and never have we felt more as a Company than tonight. With our heads down toward the sand, we marched until we reached a destination that we will never forget, a milestone we will hold near to our hearts. When we lifted our heads, our spirits lifted as well, as we observed our colors flying high atop of a mound. “Are you ready Victor?” The words of our Lead Company Commander. “Go get it!” We will always remember those words, we finally earned our colors. We have earned our colors, but we must next earn the title of United States Coast Guardsmen.


Saturday Victor Company participated in a 5K run off base. Saturday evening was Victors first day of liberty. The recruits ate and relaxed to their hearts where content. As Saturday wound to a close Victor company was clam, but dialed in looking for their sea. Victor’s river is not done and trials still lay ahead, but our sails are strong and will make it to the end.



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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