Victor 196 Recruit Journal Week 05

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Victor 196 Recruit Journal

Formed: Oct 30, 2018

Graduates: Dec 21, 2018


Good morning Friends and Family of Victor-196.


Holy cow Victor (one of our Company Commander’s phrases)! We finally got a taste of what Search and Rescue week is really like and all we think is … oh man! For us waking up at 0530, the males having to shave and females fix their hair, put on an operational dress uniform and boots, and get to the galley by 0545 was a low point. However, the Battalion Commander inspection went well, which was a high for the start of the week. Another low was losing some of our shipmates to Whiskey Company and getting smaller every day.

Finding out where we are going to be stationed for our first duty station, which all of us got one of our top three picks, another high. We are starting to grasp the feeling of what a company/unit really means with the guidance of our Company Commanders in their own special ways. Tuesday was the best day of recruit training so far and all the glory goes to our Lead Company Commander. We always knew she was a good leader, but that day she made us find a purpose with the power of coffee and we made every time objective.

Friday Friday Friday we all received a huge wakeup call because of our Section Commander’s squad bay inspection. It was chaos and we are going to have nightmares that we owe Chief Milligan sweat after. That evening after we received our orders, we started calling our loved ones to let them know where we are going. All in all Friday was a roller coaster for Victor Company. On another good note, Saturday we did the confidence course (obstacle course) and everyone was cheering on their shipmates to push through and compete all the obstacles. It truly proved we are capable of more than we think we are. As Week 05 ends, we need to remember that point and keep moving forward while staying locked on. Families out there 20 days left….goodnight.



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


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.