Oscar 196 Recruit Journal Week 07

International Maritime Signal Flag Oscar

International Maritime Signal Flag Oscar

 

Oscar 196 Recruit Journal

Formed: Aug 28, 2018

Graduates: Oct 19, 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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“This is boot camp, not summer camp!” – ET2 Stephens. Stepping off that bus and striking left foot on the deck sparked a rude awakening for every shipmate on board. I think I can speak for everyone when I say we were absolutely out of our element and lost in the sauce. “Make no mistake about it”. Oscar-196 was going to get through INDOC weekend even if they had to do it twice, “Do you understand?” – BMC Heinze. We looked, identified, and processed and started to get in step with the program on a basic level. Little did we know sweatcon delta was just around the corner. Forming week, not good to go. First impressions are everything, our company commanders reflected that by looking so professional. Forming week was pure chaos and a lot of us were on the verge of losing our sanity. Who would’ve guessed that the most influential and motivational human beings we’ve ever met were also going to be the same people who made us sweat and watch our civilian souls leave our body. The mission statement was clear; break us down, strip away our bad habits, and build us back up into United States Coast Guard Terminators. Week 02 was definitely a sink or swim situation for a company full of seaman recruit crazies. Some were drowning in stress, others managed to stay afloat. The alphas climbed aboard the vessel of progression and took charge of the helm. The next couple of weeks consisted of “move faster shipmate”, “get louder shipmate”, get in step, study your required knowledge, you name it, we sounded off about it. Week 04, the midpoint of our transition from civilians to becoming a military member of the armed forces. Things slowly started to come together. As we began to square away our lives, our Chain of Command targeted those with attitude problems, integrity issues, and not being up to par with the vast majority of company. The red belts began to fly out of the Yeoman bag and clasp around all the friggin’ crazy recruits. Those selected due to performance issues were not good to go and were challenged to better themselves. The galley was a nightmare especially if you were on probation. Probation was responsible for many shipmates going away. Rest in peace, shipmates. On the bright side, we learned from their mistakes, Thank you shipmate, Thank you! A whole lot of fire, fire, fire and eluding the boogeyman, we made it to week 05. Search and rescue week was awesome, unrelenting stress, and very little time to get ready in the morning. Oscar-196 has to zip into the uniform of the day, always trying to be faster than the day before. The stakes were high, we either made it to formation to save the world or fail the time objective and spiral down into our demise. This week had some insane events that occurred, they definitely need a mention. The Battalion Inspection with Master Chief Wadley caused many casualties and a lot of our shipmates to head back to Papa-196. Let’s turn to some positive memories. Oscar received their orders and morale finally rose from the rubble. Holy cow Oscar, it’s week 06 already!? We can’t even process the concept of time. It’s so chaotic here, we can’t tell the difference between bears and a hole in the deck. In all honesty, this is when Oscar came together as a unit. We started with an off base run and the pride and camaraderie has us on cloud zero niner. We got our pew-pew on at the gun range. It was loads of fun getting off the regiment and shooting guns. Some click clack boom, that’s good to go, ya hear? Return of INDOC weekend commenced but we don’t to talk about it. Let’s just say the sequel to “there will be sweat” was filmed. The physical fitness test was up next for Oscar. We passed go and collected 200 additional incentive training sessions. All that hard work and devotion to duty earned us multiple pennants and on base liberty. YEAHHH! Week 07, Oscar is a steaming rolling baby ready to march all over you! We’re loud and proud, giving everything our all. Our efforts did not go unnoticed. We went on ,what we thought was a death march, to the Fisherman’s Memorial, did an about face, and there were our colors. We named our flag Riley. We’ve never wanted something so bad. We put forth sweat, tears and pain for Riley. That experience was the complete turnaround for the company. We felt Semper Paratus with the Coast Guard core values coursing through our veins. That very moment set us up to accomplish every obstacle in our path to graduation. What a wild boat ride it’s been. We’re the senior company on the regiment and have a reputation to uphold. In the meantime, we had the opportunity to have a debrief with our Company Commanders and get some insight on their careers. It’s an honor to be a part of Oscar family. I wouldn’t trade my shipmates for any other. To all of our family and loved ones who supported us, we couldn’t have done it without you. Finally to our Company Commanders for being the most influential people and mentoring to us into Coast Guard men and women. We’ll see you all on graduation day. Mission complete Petty Officer Jarman.

 

 

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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