Victor 194 Recruit Journal Week 05

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Victor 194 Recruit Journal

Formed: July 18, 2017

Graduates: September 8, 2017


Most recruits here in Victor one night for thought week 05 was the most tedious based on the fact that we had a uniform inspection by our battalion commander senior chief pace. Naturally, there were recruits who did not take said inspection seriously. On the other hand, some excelled in that picky inspection. It seems that now everyone has started to take time to make sure all of their uniforms are the best looking date can be at all times. On the bright side, we did learn how to get from the rack to the galley in 15 minutes or less. That being said, week 05 is search and rescue week, where everything you do for 07 days is fast-paced. For the most part, everyone succeeded and doing what they need to do to make themselves a better recruit. Of course we had classes like boat crew and personal flotation devices to help us better once we enter the fleet. There is one thing about week 05 that has everyone on their toes and their hearts racing. Filling out a dream sheet and receiving their orders on Friday. Victor 194 had their orders announced and what almost everyone thought was a unique and exciting fashion. We lined up outside the house, just like normal, but little did every recruit know that in 15 short minutes, they would know where their Coast Guard career would begin. Marching towards GOFF hall, we were unsure of where we were going. Once we start marching towards the ocean, we got curious. Some of us knew what was going on, while others probably thought we were going to have some crazy incentive training session. We got to the jetty, where we were accompanied by all of our company commanders, who began to tell us what they expected of us in the fleet, and proceeded to call us up one by one and tell us where our new life would begin. On the final day of week 05, we went on a 03 company run off base, and beautiful town of Cape May. Everywhere we went there were people yelling, supporting us. It was our first time being out in the public, and we know we left a good impression on them. Unfortunately, just like every other week, we got smaller, but it’s only for the best of the company and the Coast Guard. For the ones still here, we can check week 05 off our list and breathe a little easier.


SR Williams


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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