Victor 195 Recruit Journal Week 03

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Victor 195 Recruit Journal

Formed: March 06, 2018

Graduates: April 27, 2018




Seamanship took the stage for VICTOR Company this week. The company took interest and applied themselves thoroughly. Staring at the ocean for hours on end is actually called being a look out. The instruction was simple enough for the lunch stuffed recruits to grasp. In the squadbays a new tool of terror was unleashed. If you mess up you can get a ticket to hold your mattress up over your head, it’s not a standard mattress, it’s a lot smaller and lighter but after a few minutes it becomes pretty heavy. Simply put you take a mattress off of a rack (always the one you just spent time making) and hold it up over your skull while you have time to reflect on your deficiencies.

Squadleaders have been hired and fired as our lead Company Commander tries to figure out who can lead the company to meet our time objectives. The company is quickly growing larger with recruits being reverted or rephased into VICTOR. The reality of the word “reverted” hit when one of our own was sent back a week, the fear of reversion was real, and it became a rock in the stomach of every recruit.

On the other side the company became far more familiar with each other. Names, stories, histories were passed around in the small times between our ever tightening schedule. It’s a small world and the connections didn’t take long to form. This week we also marched ourselves a small handful of places. Our company pride grew a little just by arriving on time where we needed to be. These seemingly simple things are hurdles for all of us.

On the physical side of the week, dental and medical calls plagued some. Incentive to make our appointments on time include not being screamed at and having to recite all of our required knowledge while on probation. Also seeing the new companies form up and go through week 02 was surreal. It hardly felt like a week, let alone nearly a month. One of those companies moved in across from us on the shared quarterdeck. Its encouraging seeing them go through all the same things we went through. Unfortunately this also means more Company Commanders in the building…

We also got a tour of RAMP, the Recruit Aptitude and Motivation Program. Basically boot camp but turned up all the way to 11 for a week. Lots of screaming, carrying heavy things and running around. Just one more tool that will keep us on our toes so we don’t get sent.

We have learned that we need to get faster and we need to get louder, as week 04 approaches we know there are a lot more goals to meet and we hope we are ready, we realize that week 03 was the end of the beginning.


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.