Oscar 195 Recruit Journal Week 02

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Oscar 195 Recruit Journal

Formed: Jan 2, 2018

Graduates: February 23, 2018

 

Graduation Program: Posted Thursday afternoon: Week 7 Blog

Go to:
http://www.forcecom.uscg.mil/Our-Organization/FORCECOM-UNITS/TraCen-Cape-May/

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

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To view the Graduation Live: Time: 1100 AM

The live stream of the graduations are viewed by going to the training center’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/uscoastguardbootcamp

 

*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

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OSCAR-195 Week 02 Summary

 

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the long awaited week 02 summary of Oscar-195! Well, if I were to summarize our experience so far in one word it would have to be “sweat”. Literally, if we were to collect all the sweat droplets that us shipmates have sacrificed from our bodies, it would fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool. Speaking of pools, I’ll start there. So far we have had 02 swimming classes. The first consisted of a swim test at the beginning then an awesome sneak peek of one of the Coast Guard’s most valuable tools; the survival suit. The survival suit consists of a full bodied nylon suit equipped with buckles and Velcro straps meant to prolong the survivability in cold waters. It goes from head to toe and keeps you afloat while conserving body heat. We floated around and it was definitely one of the most relaxing moments so far. Our only real connection to the outside world so far was when we had a class with Father Brown. He is the Catholic Pastor and he read us a bunch of news that is going on in the “real world”. The most exciting news was probably that Alabama beat Georgia in overtime for the National Championship. Roll Tide! (If that’s your thing)

Some of the most caring people we have met are the Galley Staff. They keep our tummy’s full with delicious food (no joke, the food is GOOD!) and our hearts happy with warm smiles. What doesn’t make us happy is the infamous “Cape May Crud”, which swept through Oscar like the bubonic plague, inflicting us with sore throats, coughs, sinus infections, and even a little pink eye. Every day we have various classes ranging from how to march and salute to rates and ranks to topics like sexual assault response and prevention. Sometimes it is a lot to take in for the ol’ brain housing group, but it does feel good learning things too instead of just getting our sweat on all the time.

Earlier in the week we were issued our pieces (demilitarized M-16’s), making us feel more like members of the military. Of course this also means that we get to do IT (incentive training) with them, including the worst exercise…..PIECE SQUATS. Piece squats are where you squat and hold the piece straight out in front of you. Arms parallel to the deck.

Our Lead Company Commander, Petty Officer Catlin is a stern strong willed woman who oversees our progress as a company and wants us to succeed in transitioning from civilians to Coast Guard Men and Women. All she asks for is 100% effort. When we don’t give her 100% and let’s be honest…it’s a bit more than occasional, she lets the dogs loose. The dogs I am referring to are Chief Samuels, Chief Krusko and Petty Officer Ventura. They make us atone for our wrongdoings by making us sweat and suffer. However, it’s not just that they make us do pushups and crunches. For example, there is a “game” we play where we have to change in and out of our operational dress uniform over and over again, trying to make short time objectives. We all stand next to each other in the hallway doing this while wearing our physical fitness gear underneath. Let me tell you, when we are done, it is like we are in a sweat lodge! Our shirts are soaked with sweat and our portholes (eye glasses) are fogged up. The best part of the week was meeting our mentors. A Master Chief and three Chiefs. It was an amazing time, as they answered questions we had in a welcoming setting. The best part was when they asked us where all of us were from individually, and we slowly started to figure out that we as shipmates had a lot more in common than we thought, some of us even being from rival high schools! It was at this point that we all agreed that we are a “team and newly formed family” and that we need to support each other in order for us all to succeed. These times are trying, difficult, and tiring, but together as a company, I am confident we will be the best on the regiment in time.

 

SR Choi, C. J.

 

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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