Victor 195 Recruit Journal Week 05

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Victor 195 Recruit Journal

Formed: March 06, 2018

Graduates: April 27, 2018


VICTOR-195 Week 05 Summary


Search and Rescue week had us looking for more time and helping each other. Each morning you had roughly ten minutes to get in uniform, brush your teeth, males shave, and females made her hair into a gel helmet. Oh and get down from the third deck and be formed up for chow; it seemed impossible at first. Each morning passed was a sigh of relief and a buildup of anxiety in the evening. This effect was complimented by one extremely intense uniform inspection. The room was filled with Section Commanders—each one has the ability to revert/rephase us on the spot. After an hour or so, the wide eyed, mentally drained recruits filed out of that room as fast as possible. The rest of that day we were deflated balloons.

The art crew was also chosen this week; designer of the company shirts and other projects. The light at the end of the tunnel was a loaded weekend. To kick it off we got our orders. They were given out in ceremony, your name gets called, you run up to the bell, your orders get shouted at you, you scream them with joy or anger, and then ring the bell; that’s how it’s supposed to go. For VICTOR it stopped after our strongest recruit accidentally ripped the ringer out of the bell. An extra step of passing the ringer on like an Olympic torch was added by our quick thinking Lead Company Commander. Most recruits were walking on sunshine at this point. It got even better with the five minute phone call to someone who cares about us.

The calls brightened up the next couple of day right into our mentor meeting. Largely we were inflated with thoughts of traveling, reporting to our units, and seeing our loved ones. Strict measures are closing in around us as week 06 approaches. Even just one mistake can get you sent to WHISKEY Company. Now is when we buckle down and learn to take attention to detail up to another level. One last search and rescue wake up on Sunday and week 05 will be a feather in our cap. Week 05 is hard to remember as anything but getting our orders, VICTOR Company is the second most senior company now and the desire to fit that position is a driving force for us all.


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.