Victor 198 Recruit Journal Week 06

International Maritime Signal Flag Victor

Formed: June 09, 2020
Graduates:  July 31, 2020

What a week for Victor-198. Week 6 has been one of the craziest weeks thus far. Let’s recap, this week started of being a Search and Rescue (SAR) week. What the means is we get woken up by a SAR alarm simulating that someone needs our help, we have 10 minutes from that point to get dressed in our operational dress uniform with boots and get down below on a simulated boat that is ready to respond to the SAR case.

Our Monday class started at Seamanship learning about different types of classes of fires and how to extinguish them. Later that night we all took our individual Coast Guard portrait photos in our dress uniforms. On Tuesday we started working on out first unit reporting guide that help us with questions to ask out future unit in order to figure how what to expect when we report. On Thursday, all the males got a much needed fresh haircut at the barber shop on base. Then the rest of the day we continued to learn about traveling to our next unit, house hold goods, transportation, housing and everything that we are entitled to when we move to our first unit. Now to Friday, Friday started of like any other day until about 1000 when all of a sudden 4 Section Commanders (the CCs with the red ropes) rolled right into our squad bay along with 3 other Company commanders for Company Commander School and they just started ripping racks open for inspection. Gear flying everywhere, recruits left and right screaming random things, recruits pushing the deck, mattresses over their head, and some in a sniper position with a M1.

Once the dust settle we ended up losing 3 shipmates due to them not having an inspection ready rack and 3 were placed on probation. As the day continued we head to Goff Hall to fight fires! We were place in full firefighting gear with full charged hoses, strobe light and a simulated fire on a digital screen. On Saturday, we got access to the Confidence Obstacle Course which was a much needed morale booster. Our Lead Company Commander Petty Officer Bucaneg authorized us to be able to cheer on out shipmates as we went from obstacle to obstacle. This course tested our mind and body, being able to overcome a fear of height or being able to muster strength to make it over a hurdle. 2 more weeks but boot camp is far from over.

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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