Victor 196 Recruit Journal Week 02

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Victor 196 Recruit Journal

Formed: Oct 30, 2018

Graduates: Dec 21, 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

The live stream of the graduations are viewed by going to the training center’s Facebook page at


*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.


If you are looking for higher quality video products from your loved one’s graduation, you should contact VTS at 609-365-8889



Good morning, Friends and Family of Victor-196.


Today is the end of week 02 for Victor-196. Slowly but surely we are starting to understand what is expected from us in recruit training. Every day we go to the “shark tank” otherwise known as the galley. Many shipmates see it has the hardest part of our day, but we should have our heads in the game and see the bigger picture. The quicker we learn our knowledge and get fast and loud, the sooner the galley could possibly become a less chaotic evolution.

We are Coast Guardsman. We should be proud of our general orders! Believe in the Coast Guard Ethos! Personally I listen when each of my shipmates receives a tracker because every time is an opportunity to learn and not make the same mistakes. We need to pay attention! Its knowledge for the taking. Our Company Commanders, while yelling, are always providing us opportunities to learn and become the future members the Coast Guard needs.

This week we met our company mentor CMC Hollandsworth. He reminded us why we are here, what we want for ourselves, and to always believe in ourselves. We all thought back to our reasons, dreams, loved ones, and futures. Everything that made us decide to raise our hands for that oath. We’re here for all of that. So are our Company Commander. They believe in it so much they came back to Cape May to train all of us. While they are tough and constantly demanding the highest standards from us, this is to ensure we get to where we need to be.

It has been a long week, and it’s sure to only get harder as more and more is expected of us. We will hopefully come together as a company and make it through the next 06 weeks so that we all get to go home in time for at least one holiday.


–Reporting from Training Center Cape May, SR Biondi and SR Ethridge–



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.