Recruit Journal Oscar 188 Week: 07

Recruit Journal Oscar 188 Week: 07
Formed: July 9, 2013
Graduate: August 30, 2013



Oscar’s first day of week 08 had some pretty exciting events. The whole feeling of basic training is starting to have a lighter feel to it. Probably because we’re not nearly as clueless as we used to be.
One of the first things we did today was the watch quarter stations bill practical. A watch quarter station bill tells the crew what to do and where to go during general emergencies and abandon ship. Unfortunately, we didn’t have access to a ship, so we just used Sexton Hall instead. Everything seemed rather chaotic, which makes sense, it is an emergency. Hopefully we will receive more training on this in the fleet.
Going back to the lighter feel, one of our company commanders sat down with us today. Oscar-188 was his first company. It was good to hear his side on things, a lot of funny things happened that we all got to bring up and talk about. As it was said, it was a learning experience for all of us.
Oscar also had the pleasure of sitting down with our lead company commander. He shared a lot of good advice with us and a good amount of funny stories. Teaching us things like being able to separate your work life from your home life and how it can keep you human. Nobody wants to be a work robot. He has a vast ocean of experiences, so it is definitely Oscar’s benefit to have him as a lead company commander. Not to leave out that he’s down to earth and not crazy…you…like the rest of Oscar-188.

A picture is worth a thousand words, but not today with our company photo. A thousand words could never sum up the excitement as the helicopter landed on the parade field for our company photo. After, Oscar proudly stood in front of the helicopter with our mentor and his crew. We got to speak with the crew and crawl around and look inside. It was a unique experience because the first ever female rescue swimmer was part of that crew. It was good for the females in Oscar to see and speak to her, someone who is dedicated and worked hard for what they want. Just more motivation put on the table there. As for the whole company, just being able to have an experience like that in boot camp was an inspirational kick. It was just awesome.
The rest of the day was full of excitement as well. Oscar earned the Company Commander pennant and the Section Commander pennant. Currently working on the Battalion Pennant! We did most of the workout that is required to earn the Battalion Pennant today. Wish luck upon us.


Physical fitness pennant: Check!
Battalion pennant: Check!
Confirmation Oscar-188 is completely awesome: Check!
Oscar rose before the sun this morning to complete our physical fitness company test. We biked at the gym for one hour pedaling for max calories burned. Oscar pedaled our way to receiving the Physical fitness pennant. Later in the afternoon each member of Oscar confidently sounded off their required knowledge to our Section Commander. Insert really faaantastic sentence about earning the Battalion pennant here. Yeah, we earned it.
This afternoon Oscar had the chance to talk to the Commanding Officer of TRACEN Cape May. His advice and words of wisdom really motivated us to go out to the fleet and be as successful as we can be. Doing things the right way, even when no one’s looking…that integrity thing they mentioned once or twice here. It was a rare opportunity taken, because it may be a long time or not at all that we get to speak to a Captain in the Coast Guard.
Lastly, we ended the day on a rather sad note that went something like this:
Squad leader: “Shipmates, ears!”
Shipmates: “Open!”
Squad leader: “Eat your last yum-yums!”
Shipmates: “Aye Aye Shipmate!”

“Gangway Pizza!” And let’s be honest, any day with pizza is a good day. So today was faaantastic! Today involved a lot of crazy preparation for graduation. We did things like finalizing paperwork and administrative stuff. We packed up everything we own, but this time it wasn’t for incentive training.
Lunch was awesome today. We had steak and got permission to talk in the galley. That’s a pretty big deal. Belay my last, it’s a huge deal. To end the day we attended our pizza party. We all stuffed our faces withy pizza, wings and cake. Oscar was most likely on a sugar high from not having soda in 02 months. It was glorious.
The painted ditty bags that the DaVinci Team had been working on were presented and applause was given. There was a lot of reminiscing and laughter, good energy all around. Oscar-188’s bags are packed and ready to graduate and head to the fleet!
Oscar-188 OUT!

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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