Victor 197 Recruit Journal Week 07

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 Formed: August 13, 2019

Graduates: October 04, 2019 

What a week for Victor 197! I mean honestly, as a company we have gotten better with each week. Overcoming all sorts of mental, physical, and emotional obstacles. As a unit we started off the week strong with our Leadership class. At some point everybody in this company will be the lead in some sort of mission so it is good that we start to learn now, instead of in the moment. Tuesday we became CPR certified, so we will be able to really save lives. Also with that being said, we feel a lot more like official Coasties with that bad boy under our belt. After that we had our Legacy class, which gave us not only a lesson, but some insight as to why we are who we are as Coast Guard members. There have been some amazing people who have served, such as Douglas Munro, and Joshua James (who our own barracks is named after). People who gave their life for the Coast Guard mission. We received our haircuts Wednesday, so we will look sharp for our graduation Friday! We also had our close order drill, manual of arms, and a Retirement ceremony for a Company Commander. We earned an 8/10 and 10/10 respectively for our close order drill and manual of arms tests. After that we had to ‘say goodbye’ to our pieces, by marching them back to the armory and returning them. With Uniform graduated earlier today, we are now the senior company on the regiment! This means we got to have our capping ceremony. No more wearing the old ‘Recruit’ ball covers, now we wear official ‘Coast Guard’ ball covers and look just like someone who just graduated. This we even further demonstrated by watching, and hearing, the new junior company Alfa-197 move into the deck below us in James Hall. Only we haven’t made it yet, though we have earned us our Off Base Liberty on Saturday. Victor 197 got to leave the base and explore Cape May and see what this beautiful town has to offer. The journey is almost over, but we still have one more week. We cannot slip up and lose focus. Soon we will be back with our families, ready to start our new units and amazing careers. This is very exciting.

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.

Graduation Program: Posted Thursday afternoon

Go to: Under the “Graduation Date” Tab you will be able to find the Graduation Program.

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