Victor 193 Recruit Journal Week 02

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Victor 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: Nov. 29, 2016

Graduates: Jan. 20, 2017

When our eyes opened that first Saturday, we all wondered if we made the right decision. After every subsequent beating, the fatigue sets in. Every quiet moment (although those moments are few and far between) makes our hearts long for those familiar sights and smells of home. We miss our families and knowing that they’re one phone call away is killer. It makes you remember how insignificant all those silly arguments or bad attitudes you had with your parents; however, it also makes us remember all the good memories that will never go away. We use those memories like a turbo charger to boost us when we need motivation to keep pushing and fighting our way through the “hell” that is basic training.

With week 02 coming to a close, VICTOR-193 also remembers that Petty Officer Clifford’s hounds (aka the Assistant Company Commanders) bring new meaning to what we thought was pain and agony. Monday through Sunday, the hounds made us pay for our rookie mistakes. The only currency they accept is sweat and pride. All throughout week 02 it felt as if we could do nothing right and we paid for it with sweat. As the week came to a close we noticed that maybe…just maybe…the hounds have a method to their madness. Maybe all the sweat is actually working to make us be the best versions of ourselves. Maybe when the “Doom Platoon” arrives and the sweat starts dripping we are really just chipping away the lazy and unmotivated parts of us, and instilling the Coast Guard Core Values of honor, respect, and devotion to duty in its place. Week 02 has us beaten down for sure but we will not stop fighting.

We also met our company mentors, the Chief Warrant Officers Association of Philadelphia, this week and they definitely gave us hope for our future in the Coast Guard as well as a sense of pride and accompliment for getting through week 02 of basic training (aka “hell”). Their knowledge is undeniable helpful and very much needed right now. VICTOR-193 is extremely grateful for them to even take time to speak with us, mostly impart because we got to be away from our Company Commanders for a couple hours, and we look forward to their next visit.”

As we enter week 03, VICTOR-193 wonders where all the time went. Maybe it was left on the deck with all of our sweat, or maybe we lost it in our dreams of home. It sure did fly though. That gives us hope that our beautiful stay in “hell” will pass quickly and we will train diligently. We hope to continue to become Coast Guardsmen because VICTOR-193 is ready to take week 03 head on!

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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