Oscar 190 Recruit Journal – Week 03

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Oscar 190 Recruit Journal

Formed: October 24, 2014

Graduates: December 12, 2014


Week 03 Summary

Confusion and chaos ruled Oscar-190 for week 03. In between waves of classes, we found ourselves left in the dark as our beloved company commander disappeared. We frantically scurried around as we tried to learn unfamiliar voices and training styles. The only relief this week has been our classes. This week, we have begun to see more of how basic training applies to the Coast Guard, such as with our survival float, where we donned orange mustang suits and penguin paddled around the pool. We found it quite difficult to refrain from laughing at how funny we looked. Our company spent the week getting introduced to standing watch, and with less than 60 people, it means no one is getting a lot of sleep. Recruits are restless with stress and our morale seemed to have hit rock bottom early on in the week. With the increase in general knowledge, lack of sleep, and added stress of new voices and styles to figure out, we have been struggling to find motivation.

But that storm cloud seems to have passed. The surge of pride from within OSCAR-190 seems to be showing itself with the return of our company commanders late on in the week, we are determined to show we have what it takes to wear the Coast Guard uniform.


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.