Victor 197 Recruit Journal Week 02

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Victor 197 Recruit Journal

Formed: August 13, 2019

Graduates: October 04, 2019

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

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*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


Victor-197 Week 02 Blog

What a week it’s been for Victor Company. Week 02 has become if not the most, one of the most impactful times in our lives. Week 02 started with a rude awakening, incentive training! No longer would Victor Company be coddled like week 01! But, Victor recruits are already starting to see the results. But for every set of pushups, there’s time spent learning in and out of the classroom. Victor recruits have been hit with a fire hose of new information, but they’re taking it in stride. Week 02 has been incredible in other ways as well. Victor recruits started the week by earning their “pieces”, their weapons. Although they aren’t real, we treat them like they are. Receiving our pieces marked a significant moment for us, and feeling of true responsibility. Later in week 02, the company hit the pool, a moment of excitement as well as nervousness. While most of us had been dreaming at night of taking a dip in a cool, refreshing pool, we knew that this was still training. Everything is pretty much exhausting, like everything Victor does, the swim test was a big moment for us. The water will be our office so best get prepared now! But there’s been morale boosts throughout the week 02 as well, namely; hearing from home. The letters received this week have been more up-lifting than anyone could’ve predicted. Your letters have given us strength that some of us forgot we’d had. Also, Victor Company gained a new mentor, a Chief Petty Officer who spoke with us about our Coast Guard lives ahead. She enlightened us, as well as informed us. However, her own tales from her boot camp experiences really brought us relief and something to relate to. Most of all, week 02 has taught us Victor recruits what training is really about and that out Company Commanders mat not be our buddies, but they are our mentors as well, and if we stay on the straight and narrow they’ll make Coast Guardsmen of us yet! We don’t know what to expect in weeks ahead, but we know we’ve only just begun and don’t plan on stopping!

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.

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