Oscar 189 Recruit Journal Week: 04

Oscar 189 Recruit Journal Week: 04
Formed: March 11, 2014
Graduates: May 2, 2014

International Maritime Signal Flag Oscar

International Maritime Signal Flag Oscar

This is it, the half way point in our training. So much has happened this past week: we learned how to shoot with the air-gun type of digital range computer at Goff Hall on Monday, received our official Coast Guard email addresses and were assigned a colors team on Tuesday, took our second physical fitness test assessment on Wednesday, took our seamanship practical on Thursday as well as filling out our “dream sheets”(basically a wish list for where we want to be stationed upon completion of recruit training).

Friday, we took our mid-term and males received our second haircuts; we also got our first taste of what it’s like to run together as a company. Repeating the cadence called by our company commander. Loud and proud. As week Ø4 comes to a close, I feel that the stress of what is to come in week Ø5 has taken a toll on our minds. It seems like we are starting to realize what it takes to be Coast Guardsmen. It takes smarts, a sense of urgency like no other, and above all, discipline combined with teamwork.

We all came here to serve a special purpose; for the well-being of humanity, and now more than ever we need to remember exactly that. Remember why we are here, so we can stay motivated to give 100% effort in everything we do, as it will translate to our performance in the fleet. As of today, we are another week louder, stronger, and faster, proving that on Ø2MAY14, we will be some of the finest men and women to serve our country with honor, respect, and devotion to duty. We are half way there.

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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