Victor 195 Recruit Journal Week 02

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Victor 195 Recruit Journal

Formed: March 06, 2018

Graduates: April 27, 2018


Graduation Program: Posted Thursday afternoon: Week 7 Blog

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Under the “Graduation Date” Tab you will be able to find the Graduation Program


To view the Graduation Live: Time: 1100 AM

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*It should be noted that the live streams are a courtesy and not a guarantee. There could be technical issues or resource availability issues that would interfere with the stream. The live streams are not intended to be high definition productions of the graduation ceremonies.


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Week 02 was VICTOR Company’s first taste of structure among a meal of chaos. Jobs which were assigned during forming weekend suddenly began to make sense and the company started to learn about each other. Forming weekend was chaos, we ran screamed and tried to get our bearings in our new home. As week 02 started we formed up in front of MUNRO hall, a polished boot crushed the dewey grass as our lead company commander with his piercing gaze looked as if he could see through our gortex jackets and into our tired souls. As we ate the morning meal we were asked questions about our required knowledge, or brains overworked from the weekend buzzed as we tried to remember anything that we had learned. As we wiped sleep from our eyes we started our first gym class with our lead gym instructor. The TRX bands burned our limbs and lungs with every exertion.

At night it’s time to get loud and sweat, canteens healed over our heads and all of or belongings in our sea bags are passed around the squadbays. Some would try to take breaks but our assistant company commanders waited like coiled vipers waiting to strike them down, this broke the weakest links, the venom spread like a sickness through VICTORs collapsing crew members as their hearts turned to sand. The dropped canteens only led to more strikes, some cried, others shouted, most buckled. A small few stood strong to weather the storm. VICTOR company limped away to sleep where they would become a little stronger a little faster and a little louder.

Week 02 also brought on our longest march from our “home”. We headed to Goff Hall to pick up our “pieces”, which is a mock version of an M16 rifle. Each of us had a piece shoved in our hands as we rattled off the numbers etched on the sides. There’s even a special way to carry it. The grip isn’t very comfortable at first and was worsened by the ever growing weight of the piece. Soon enough “sniper position” was performed. We sat crossed legged and held the piece at a 45 degree angle, well that was what they were supposed to be at…… We were doing everything to maintain our position which included, screaming, grunting and the ever popular crying.

It has been a week of learning, we meet our section commander, had our first mail call and took a ton of classes on everything from saluting to rates and ranks and how to properly address military members. It has been a ton of information for us to grasp but we are slowly making progress and even though we can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel we know it’s here somewhere….. far away…..


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.