Victor 193 Recruit Journal Week 03

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Victor 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: November 29, 2016

Graduates: January 20, 2017


VICTOR-193 Week 03 Summary


The word of the week is “evolution”. What is it to evolve? What is it to become something better? For at the core of the word, that is what we are talking about. ; Change. Change is…..fickle…yielding… uncertain. Change is not always from pretext into what is desired. Change is not always for the better. Evolution, however, is powerful. It is the dominant taking over. It is the wheat being shifted from the chaff. It is the unrefined becoming the quidissential. Change can be the hunter becoming the hunted. Evolution is prey becoming the predator.

Today, this very Saturday, marks a wrap up of VICTOR-193’s Third week in basic training. And today was a good summary of the week. We awoke from sweat. From sweat we rose and to sweat we did return. The same as the last few weeks. So what’s different? Our faces. Our hearts. Our spirits. We have evolved.

We ate lunch today around the same time as a junior company, obviously one of their first days with their Company Commanders. Banging on the trays shouting, Shouting orders, wrecking that over-developed and unearned sense of self-importance glance around the galley and what do you see? Week and a half old recruits babbling incoherently trying to get a thought in edge-wise, ripped from the comforts of pampered home lives. Keep scanning though. Now, seated behind them what do you see? Iron: unmoved by the clamor able to stand and respond when called upon. Bang on our trays. Scream in our faces. We will answer. Though the week when, during particularly grueling incentive training, one of our Company Commanders says “You only think you’re in pain. You’re not. You’re just uncomfortable”. Pain, like many things, can be an illusion created by the impurity in our raw materials. Impurity that which, through sweat, must expel, and now we see that. Hours of necessary purifying.

This week probation became active on certain shipmates. We find out soon what that will yield. Do they need more time to purify? Or are they simply in need of a hotter fire? Can a shield ever be made from them? Or are they more impure than iron? We have not changed. We have evolved; we have become greater than the sum of our inadequacies not because we have learned to accept them. But because we have buried them. Rid ourselves of them. Until all we have left is the iron.

As we close in on week 03, they say training gets easier, but they don’t know why. It doesn’t get “easier,” we have simply become accustomed to the difficult. Accepting the facts and aware of the stakes. So we begin to change our approached to our tasks. Incentive training is not physical punishment; it is an exercise in discipline and the opportunity to mentally review required knowledge. Head and water breaks become self adjustment time. Fix boot blousing, dust off boondockers, tighten up racks. At this point in training we now realize 30 minutes is an eternity. So what’s different? We have evolved now. Incentive training doesn’t scare us, as to where being deemed “impure” does; and those who refuse to submit their iron to the forge for work are cast aside an active acute sense of what we should be doing. We have started to see the real consequence of resisting the flame: being cast out.

And so we sweat. For our country and homes, we sweat. For our families and friends, we sweat. For ourselves and those we will save, we sweat. And from the ocean of sweat we’ve created we emerge… evolved.


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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