Victor 193 Recruit Journal Week 06

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Victor 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: November 29, 2016

Graduates: January 20, 2017





Semper Paratus. The root words and conjugation translate to: Always Ready! Always prepared! And we spent this week preparing. We set up our unit information. We prepared for work stations, trained in firearms, set up moving appointments. We prepared ourselves to enter the fleet. Between swim circuits, runs with the company commanders and nightly workouts for evening routine and ingrained eating habits. Our weigh-ins were no problem. We are physically fit and mentally ready.

But, is that all we are preparing for? Is that the extent of this week? In the immortal words of a great individual, not no, but hell no! This week has been about more than just administrative preparation reflecting on everything we were put through this week. We see the pattern. We don’t get incentive trained, much anymore. But, when we do it is more intense. Much more intense then what we have experienced before. Why? And when we don’t have the little things squared away we get railed. Trackers pulled and our nightly routine taken away. No time to make our racks or prepare our uniforms for the next day. We pay with our time. The only currency we have. The harsh brutal reality, if you need to do things. Fair? How so?

Any tiny mistake on one person’s part becomes a reason to tell us all how disappointing and terrible we are. We are constantly reminded that we are we going to be the senior company on the regiment, so we had better start acting looking the part.

As we stood watch and took in the sight of Uniform193 marching to their graduation the answers begin to come to us. Why is the incentive training so intense now? The answer is thin, but true. It has to be harder drilling to get a deeper more conditioned reaction to bad habits. How is a harsh beating over small infractions fair, because we have no more time for them? We cannot waste what precious little time we have left on silly juvenile mistakes. We have only one job to do. Here and now that doesn’t appear to have anything to do with us getting to the fleet.

And to what end is the demoralization justifiable? To the only end that matters for us. At Training Center Cape May we are the senior company. One of the Petty Officers words rings again through our very fibers our beings; that we are by far the loudest on the regiment. And how did we know that? All week we have been preparing to be. The intensity was turned up and we are harder, faster, stronger and better than every other company. And we are that because we have paid the price. We have poured the sweat and suffered through the crud. Swam with the sharks and moved mountains to get to where we are now. What are we? What is victor defined as, on the precepts of graduation? On the eve of uniforms freedom what have we become? Simple: The biggest, baddest, loudest, fastest, strongest and most accomplished company on the regiment. That’s what.

SR. Semanski


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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