Victor 196 Recruit Journal Week 06

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Victor 196 Recruit Journal

Formed: Oct 30, 2018

Graduates: Dec 21, 2018


Good morning, Friends and Family of Victor-196.


Marking the end of week 06 and looking back: We sparked this week off with gunpowder. Taking it to the range, VICTOR earned an award pennant for our superior marksmanship! Academically, we kicked the week off with a great instructor informing us about potential opportunities as future Coasties. Additionally, our financials, housing variations, and how ASVAB scores effect our road to advancement; Some shipmates were surprised about how much work they have to do, still, to get the career ball rolling. Administrative time (time allotted to us to utilize phones and computers to start piecing together our plan of action post recruit training) helped clear much of that up for some of them, though. We also took our Physical Fitness test to determine whether we are physically at the level we should be, if not-fair winds. The weather has changed here a lot, and some of us are seeing snow for the first time ever. As the stress is decreasing little by little for us, we notice that we have been instilled with incredible self-discipline, leaving no room for complacency. We have made the transition from civilian to recruit with COPIOUS amounts of military bearing; now we are learning how to loosen the reins and function as working members of the Coast Guard. Lastly, BUT NOT LEAST… Thirteen more days! Stay up and stand fast.


–Reporting from Training Center Cape May, SR Brown 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.