Victor 192 Recruit Journal Week 07

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Victor 192 Recruit Journal

Formed: April 26, 2016

Graduates: June 17, 2016

 

Coast Guard Recruit Company Victor 192 Graduation Program

 

Victor-192 Week 07 Summary

 

We all arrived in Cape May with our own expectations. Of course our early thoughts of what boot camp might be like were nothing further from the cold reality that lay ahead. Seven weeks later the one sure thing we could expect was the unexpected. This week the helm made a complete 180 degree turn as we entered an unfamiliar phase in recruit training. There is absolutely no such thing as luxury in Coast Guard boot camp, but compared to earlier weeks of training we felt like we were living pretty large.

 

Although they still exist, long Incentive Training sessions slowly faded into early morning workouts that gave us a good jump start for the day. Hands on classes in First Aide and Line Handling also made their way into the schedule, which was a good break from the typical class filled with head bobs and sleepy eyes. Pride filled our hearts as we dressed out in our Tropical Blues preparing for the Battalion Officer inspection. Later, we came to find out that shipmate McCracken actually went to High School with the Battalion Officer and was given threats by our Lead Company Commander to have his old yearbook picker displayed for all to see. Many other perks came throughout the week such as swim circuits, earning pennants, passing our Manual of Arms and Close Order Drill tests, passing our Final exam and of course having deserts and coffee privileges in the galley.

 

A major highlight of the week was signing our orders, which according to Petty Officer Martinez might as well have been signing a contract in the NFL draft. “It’s kind of a big deal.” We also enjoyed a video that came straight from the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard. By far one of the best experiences we had this week was receiving long anticipated debriefs from our Company Commanders. For those of you who don’t know, this is our opportunity to sit with our Company Commanders and have actual conversations like human beings. It is here we learn about who they really are and ask all our silly questions we’ve kept locked inside. The small things, such as being able to let out a laugh, were cherished by all of us. As great as it was, I can definitely admit it was very mind numbing witnessing the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde phenomena take place right in front of us. Many of our opinions were instantly changed and we came to the realizations that in front of us were just dedicated Coasties doing their job and doing it well.

 

Finally, Saturday was spent on much needed Off Base liberty. This would be one of our final tests to see how we, as recruits, would represent the Coast Guard in the public eye. Many of us split into groups and went our separate ways going to all sorts of places including the movies, Wawa, Starbucks, Dunk’n Donuts, sushi bars and nice restaurants, hotels, boardwalks and more. Many of us spent our time just talking to the ones we loved most and enjoying some peace and quiet.

 

Being out in public, in our Coast Guard uniform, opened us up to a whole new world of car horns, random salutes and many, “Thank you for your service,” comments. It was a very humbling experience. Week seven has come and gone just like we will have come and gone. The thought of Friday’s graduation has left us excited and anxious knowing that next week it will be us receiving our certificates and holding our families. Recruit training has been very tough and challenging, but if it weren’t there would be no sense of accomplishment, pride or honor that all Coast Guard men and women have earned before us and what Victor-192 will have finally have earned next Friday.

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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