Victor 194 Recruit Journal Week 03

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Victor 194

Formed: July 18, 2017

Graduates: Sept. 08, 2017

Take a glimpse into the week of Victor 194. Truth be told I can’t really even believe we have come to the culmination of week 03. It seems like we just left Sexton Hall as a forming company. Here we are now rising up the ranks of the recruit Battalion, here on the regiment. This week saw some major progress; we started and finished the mere basics of deck seamanship, under the guidance of Boatswain’s Mate 2nd class Conda. We learned the basic knots and their respective applicable usage; in addition we also took a simulated command test that emphasized boat and/or ship driving. This week also gave us the opportunity to march in not only one parade but two parades, excuse me it was actually a graduation and one parade. We caught a glimpse of Rear Admiral Kelly as he gave the commencement speech for the graduating company, Romeo 194. Our preparation was tireless; we practiced close quarters marching and Manual of Arms for performance purposes. As usual we also had our weekly classes to acclimate us to the coastie way of life! Yesterday the Coast Guard celebrated its birthday, and as a gift to our service, we marched in the Coast Guard Day Sunset Parade in front of hundreds of people. It was honestly an affirmation that we are doing the right thing, by joining the Coast Guard, after we saw the many faces applaud us as we marched. The good also comes with the bad; several party members were welcomed to the “red belt club” a.k.a. probation! It was a reality check to the shipmates confirming that nothing is promised here, that it is a mere interview, and if you don’t arise to every requirement you will be asked to leave with no problem. Personally I am scared soulless of any disciplinary action, I want nothing to halt or temporarily hinder my plans! The same goes for my shipmates who came here with a purpose as well as a plan. In more bad news (unfortunately). The squad bays are under infestation of pinkeye and fever. A few party members were actually quarantined to the ward last night. We’ve been cleaning and sanitizing like crazy here at Healy hall. It’s a challenge to stay healthy living in such close proximity to people in the matter of which we do! Another highlight about the week was the arrival of representatives from the honor guard! The honor guard is a world renowned representation of the Coast Guard; that does firing squads, funerals, athletic competitions appearances, colors, and drill teams for political and military personnel. I am horrible at marching and at Manual Arms but I was convinced by one of my best shipmates to put my application in so I did! These young seamen looked so groomed, polished, and poised. My shipmates and I were up for the challenge; we’ll see where I end up! Besides probation and sickness running rampant, Victor 194 is coming along. We are at the halfway mark and there’s no time to slack now. With midterms, putting in for orders, and graduation around the corner! Victor 194 has to step it up and I feel we are up to the challenge. Until next time friends and family.


-Cameron M. Dymally

“Resilience, Determination, Drive”


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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