Victor-197 Recruit Journal Week 5

International Maritime Signal Flag Victor

Week 05 came and went faster than Victor Company could say “Aye, Aye”. Now that we’ve crossed the half-way mark and are considered one of the senior companies here at Cape May, Victor-197 is held to a higher standard and slip-ups mean sweat is coming. Progressing further in training also means we’re a little bit more put together and can partake in the more “Enjoyable” aspects of boot camp. Like out company run around the Cape May community. For the first time in almost a month, we crossed the threshold into the civilian world, passing the gates of TRACEN Cape May and running in unison around the surrounding neighborhood. Families came out of their houses and cheered us on as we sang cadences. Isolated in our little bubble here in boot camp, it was refreshing to see the real world go on with or without us- That is, if we could catch any glimpses at all since we had to “Keep our eyes in the boat” and stare at the back of the shipmate directly in front of us. Victor Company participated in a blood drive this week and every single one of us signed up to donate blood! We’ve been pricked and prodded with needles so many times to ensure we are fit for duty that one more drawing of blood couldn’t scare us away. Plus, with donating comes snacks; cookies, chips, chocolate. Us Victor recruits couldn’t miss that opportunity after weeks of passing by desserts in the galley which we can’t eat until us “Earn It”. It was for the best, however, that we haven’t been stuffing our faces with dessert because this week we were put to the test of strength on the confidence course, which had us jumping over beams, flipping over vaults, scaling a wooden wall, and finally hoisting ourselves up a 25-foot rope to ring the victory bell. We cheered on our shipmates and yelled louder than in any sweat-session we’ve had as we watched our brothers and sisters in arms make their way through the course to the finish, ringing the bell and triumphantly hollering “Victor-197!” When one shipmate succeeds, we all succeed. Now that we’ve been through so much together- sweat, tears, disappointments, sorrows, joys, relief times both good and bad. We really are able to empathize with one another and share in their success. We’re finally feeling like a family and have to support each other. For the ups and downs that come on a daily basis here at TRACEN Cape May, the only way we survive is because of our shipmates, and being able to cheer them on as they made their way through the hurdles (Emotional, Physical, and Mental) of training. So make it the top of the rope, shipmate, and ring that bell.

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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