Victor 194 Recruit Journal Week 06

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Victor 194 Recruit Journal

Formed: July 18, 2017

Graduates: September 8, 2017


Week 06 is where recruits start taking the most pride in their company. With the roster going all the way up to 146 but only having 94 attached. It shows how much we’ve grown, but also how many people we lost to multiple reasons. I personally started in Tango-194, and ended up here, where I was welcomed by recruits ready to help in any way possible. All of us here in Victor work together 24/7 and none of us would have made it to this point without each other. With the company split this week, our support group was cut in half. That didn’t stop us from excelling in firearms training, the confidence course, and grabbing our Colors out of the sand on the beaches of Cape May.

Victor is starting to see the true colors of all our Company Commanders this week, seeing how they actually do want to see the best of us succeed. At the end of this week, we had a taste of our old life by having our on base liberty, lasting just over 05 hours. All week we worked hard, looked straight ahead, and focused on the small things in order to get to the big things. Victor spent about an hour at the station here in Cape May learning a little about how things run. This too was a chance to breathe out and learn more about our career. Every recruit in Victor took advantage of every second today learning about the life and things that happen at a small boat station.

Not only is week 06 coming to an end, but Boot Camp itself is almost done. Yes only 12 days till we leave here, bringing home many lessons learned in all fields. But as usual, we can’t get out of focus, especially this close. We still are striving to be louder, faster, and stronger each and every day. This week we, like any other week, .my shipmates became more and more like brothers and sisters. As we prepare for week 07, there’s a few things all of us need to keep in mind, such as helping each other, pushing ourselves, and remembering why we signed up to do this. The reality of all this is that we had the best Company Commanders to help us achieve both our individual and company goals. Each one of our Company Commanders brings something to the table, allowing us to be more diverse than we already were. Individual ideas and personalities fester a stressful 8 weeks, but allows us to get a taste of the real adrenaline and stress we are about to meet.


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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