Victor 195 Recruit Journal week 04

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Victor 195 Recruit Journal

Formed: March 06, 2018

Graduates: April 27, 2018

VICTOR-195 Week 04 Summary


Another exciting week at Cape May was filled with time objectives, firefighting, the Physical Fitness Assessment, plenty of screaming and Incentive Training, and was capped off with the midterm. As the company dropped weight from all of the push-ups and sniper positions, their speed increased. They could now squeeze into the tight time constraints thrown to them. In return, VICTOR was given more time to practice and study. This seem unimportant, however the recruits’ required knowledge has gotten much sharper. Which means somewhat less probations and reversions.

Teamwork and friendships are also stitching the blown minds of the trainees together. Firefighting was actually weight training. All of this protective gear goes around an oxygen mask, and tank to hold the air. Throw a Kevlar helmet on top like a cherry and you got a very warm recruit sundae. In all of this gear you have to duck-walk around touching the hose like a bunch of blind sweaty penguins. You have to use the hose as a guide because there is smoke being pumped into the room. Well, its steam and the water on your mask is in combination with that is blinding. The squatting is to stay out of the heat and smoke zone since that stuff rises. Being in there for 15 minutes was uncomfortable. That’s when the instructor told us that these scenarios in real life could easily last hours.

The physical fitness assessment had a “carrot on a stick” reward. If we could hit 75% passing, hot chocolate and coffee would be authorized in the Galley. Now it’s hard to imagine, but 03 weeks without coffee makes that goal a floodlight at the end of the tunnel. Through lots of sweat and some puke we did it. More than 75% passed! The first, but small, victory for VICTOR. The midterm had a similar incentive. If 100% of VICTOR passed, desserts would be turned ON; unfortunately a couple failed. Rolling with it, Saturday kicked off with moving houses. Just as we settled in, it was time to move on down to Healy Hall. It wasn’t a bad thing and showcased how much teamwork and initiative have begun to surface. In the later parts of Saturday, VICTOR did some actual Close Order Drill (marching) and Manual of Arms out on the regiment. Manual of Arms is holding and moving the pieces in a presentable and disciplined way. In the over an hour of practice a lot of headway was made. Overall the week flew by and didn’t stop to say “hello,” a lot of big objectives were knocked down. Morale is improving as VICTOR passes its halfway mark in training.


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.