Victor 196 Recruit Journal Week 04

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Victor 196 Recruit Journal

Formed: Oct 30, 2018

Graduates: Dec 21, 2018


Good morning Friends and Family of Victor-196.


What a week for Victor-196. On Monday we started by receiving our “rag” which is a flag that flies from our guidon with our respective company letter to identify Victor around the regiment. Receiving that made us start to feel like a unit. Chief Wolfe instructed a few classes on enlisted advancements and housing, and Victor had a bunch of questions about those topics. Actually, some shipmates seemed to be more excited to about the types of housing we might receive rather than the enlisted careers we could choose. About 75% of our company wants to be stationed ashore… they must not know we are a sea going service. Tuesday we had our first firefighting classes. We gained a lot of insight from a shipmate who worked in the firefighting industry before joining the Coast Guard, while others could not get their helmet on straight. FIRE FIRE FIRE on Wednesday as half of the company had their firefighting practical. This was our chance to apply our classroom knowledge to actually putting on the firefighting ensemble and operating charged hoses. We are seeing the light at the end of tunnel even if it is small.

Thanksgiving was a nice break in the middle of the week, and we got the chance to talk to our loved ones and eat good food. The day after Thanksgiving and we took our midterm, and just about everyone nailed it. Our average test score was 93 percent, which is pretty good according to our Company Commanders. Hopefully everyone is locked loaded and ready to continue with training. Sunday marks the end of week 04. It has been exciting, frustrating, crazy, etc. We have lost some shipmates but we have also had some happiness only for a day. This week’s firefighting was inspiring, because we all started to feel closer to being Coast Guardsman. For once our FIRE FIRE FIRE was real instead of a punishment and we all had to move fast to put our gear on and extinguish the simulated fire. Now that week 05 approaches it’s time to get ready for the Battalion Commander inspection on Monday. Wish us luck! Now on to week 05…


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


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.