Oscar 192 Recruit Journal Week 04

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Oscar 192 Recruit Journal

Formed: February 23, 2016

Graduates: April 15, 2016



Week 04 Historian Summary

We are finally about to begin week five of basic training, but week four has definitely been nothing but sweat and tears. The company commanders have turned up the heat and the days have been long and stressful. The weekends are the worse because we do not have classes and spend our whole day with the company commanders doing incentive training. But thankfully week four has had some positive and, if I’m allowed to say, fun experiences.

One of those fun experiences was when we got to handle a firearm. We spent one day learning the parts of a SIG P229R DAK and the next day actually going to the range and firing it. It was a lot of fun and a good experience for everyone. There were some people who have never shot a gun before and they qualified for marksmanship. The bus ride to the firing range was what all of us recruits needed during this fourth week of training to get by. A Greyhound, coach bus came and picked us up and took us away from the base on a 45 minute relaxing drive. It was nice to kick back and to feel like a normal person again.

This week we also took our physical fitness test and our midterms. The majority of us passed with flying colors! We also submitted our dream sheets. Next week we get the news where we will be stationed. We recruits are ready to get out of basic training and begin our new career; but for now we just need to suffer a little longer.

On Friday we got to help with a graduation and it all sparked and encouraged us to keep going. The graduates would come up to us and pass on some words of encouragement to get us by. It was very insightful and helpful for us recruits to hear those words and to see a glimpse of what we will be doing very soon. We are Oscar-192 and we will get through this together. Thanks for your support and I will close this letter with the highlight of the week: While marching in formation, a seagull flew over one of our shipmates and pooped on him. Our lead company commander looked at him and said, “well isn’t it your lucky day?” He then had the recruit fill out a tracker for having poop on his uniform. Oh the little and funny things that our company commanders get us for.



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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