Oscar 191 Recruit Journal Week 03

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Oscar 191 Recruit Journal

Formed: July 14, 2015

Graduates: September 4, 2015




Another week is almost through and it is tough to say where the time went. As they say her in Cape May, the days are long but the weeks just fly by.” Though it all seems like a blur, looking back on the past week, Oscar company did a lot. We spent a lot of time in seamanship class, starting out with the basics, helm commands and knots. Most of us were pretty sad in our first attempts at the helm simulator. The simulator is like a really unrewarding video game. You get a verbal helm command through a headset, respond properly into the microphone, then make the course adjustment. See what I mean about unrewarding. In any case, many of us will be doing the real thing at our first units in just a few short weeks so it is important to learn it now. Working on knots was much more fun. We all crowded around long metal railings and learned 05 basic but essential knots. It was nice to get up and do something with our hands in class. Sitting at a desk and taking notes makes it a real challenge not to fall asleep and trust me, you do not want to fall asleep in class.


Oscar-191 is struggling with fatigue after starting to stand watches this past week. Standing watch means we have to get up in the middle of the night, get into uniform, do security rounds, and then wake up the next group of watch standers. We go in one hour shifts every night from 2200 to 0600. Its actually a nice quiet time for the most part but given the choice I think most of us would choose sleep. As I have said before we get through the days here by making it from on meal to the next until its time to hit the rack. The food here in Cape May is surprisingly enjoyable. The galley staff are also among the few people that are pleasant towards recruits, the food is what we really care about though. We work out so much that most of us are always ready to eat though we don’t get much time to shove the food in our faces.


The one big event this week for Oscar was marching in Lima-191 graduation ceremony. We weren’t perfect but I don’t think we embarrassed ourselves too bad. It was an honor to support Lima company as they graduated and were advanced into the fleet. It turned out to be a special event because the secretary of Homeland Security, the Honorable Jeh Johnson, showed up to give a speech at the graduation. Oscar company was happy to be in attendance.


Well, that was our week. We still have a very long way to go and most of us are giving recruit training everything we have. It seems to be paying off, every day we get stronger, faster and louder. Stay focused Oscar. Keep moving forward and keep those “EYES IN THE BOAT”.

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.