Oscar 192 Recruit Journal Week 03

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Oscar 192 Recruit Journal

Formed: February 23, 2016

Graduates: April 15, 2016
Talk about a crazy week! We started off with a lot of crazy physical fitness. From holding canteens in front of us and screaming “eyes in the boat” and “we have no self-discipline” to holding 50-75FT of nylon rope above our heads; basically we became the rope. Not only did we get physical, but we got hungry. People in the dining facility are moving, and eating fast, you might even say “if you’re not first your last”. I just want to hear a Company Commander tell a recruit to shake and bake or move like a spider monkey. But in all seriousness the food is great… Minus the grits, who puts sugar in grits?

As far as learning, we have had some pretty amazing classes this week. We got to put on some survival suits and jump into the pool to test them out. We were a giant blob of orange just floating in the water. Imagine seeing a cow walk to the side of a ditch and fall in. That was basically what he looked liked. We also had a seamanship class where we spent all day learning about nautical terms and trying different knots. It was very enjoyable and gave us a break from Company Commanders.

Now it’s true we did receive a very enjoyable time away from our Company Commanders. We also came back to a serious nightmare. I’m talking gear thrown around, shredded paper in places you’d think unimaginable. It was like a show I saw where they leave a new guy to shred paper as they get lunch. When they returned it was just him crying as the paper went flying, they ask him “what’s wrong”? The intern just screams “I don’t know what to do!! I need an adult!” Not to mention they did a surprise rack inspection and all of us ended up failing that. But the good news is that tomorrow is Sunday! We get an extra 30 minutes of sleep and we get 5 hours of personal time. It seems too good to be true though because realistically we will be spending our free time cleaning our squad bays and with daylight savings time we end up losing an hour of sleep; oh well. Here at basic training and for Oscar-192 it’s safe to say that we never have an easy day. And that anything that can go wrong Will and it will get worse.


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.


5 Responses

  1. Renee Carey Smith says:

    Keep moving forward SR Brennan Smith – you’ve got this! Love and miss you! Almost half way there!! Mom, Dad, and Beckett

  2. Brenda says:

    We are so very proud of you SR Rudolph and are looking forward to celebrating your amazing accomplishment on April 15th!! Much love to you, Aunt Brenda

  3. Sydney Marie Carpenter says:

    You got this lindz!! We miss you and love you and I’m so ready for you to be back so we can go to disney again!!

  4. Tina Story Livingston says:

    I agree

  5. Elizabeth Jaramillo Romo says:

    Oscar 192, every day makes you stronger! Keep pushing hard to get to the finish line, graduation day! I look forward to meeting the Oscar 192 Company! SR Alyssa Romo, keep up your strength… we ARE fighters! Love from ROMOSIX!