Oscar 192 Recruit Journal Week 05

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Oscar 192 Recruit Journal

Formed: February 23, 2016

Graduates: April 15, 2016


OSCAR-192 Week 05 Summary

Week 5, also known as “Search & Rescue Week”, has finally come to an end. We spent the majority of this week under constant stress. During “Search & Rescue Week”, we recruits only have 15 minutes to get roll call done, change into our operational dress uniform, and be in front of the chow hall. It probably sounds easy if you are a family of four, but we are a family of over 80 recruits. The first few days we were literally just seconds away from meeting the deadline. But according to our company commanders, seconds isn’t good enough. For seconds: can be the difference between a life saved and a life lost. That really showed & encouraged us recruits the importance of moving with a purpose; in everything we do.

This week we also had two very stressful and important inspections. We had our uniform inspections done by the Battalion Commander and our rack (bed) inspections done by a group of chiefs. The room went dead silent once they walked in. I’ve never seen a large group of people go straight to ghostly pale in just a matter of seconds. They walked around us in a slow and stern manner; smelling for the slightest hint of fear. Once they smelt it, they were like sharks and viciously tore us apart. Thankfully the majority of us have lived to tell the tale, but there were some that we lost in the wreckage.

As a reward for completing week five, we got to move into what is known as Healy Hall. Healy Hall is where the senior recruits stay until graduation. The rooms are bigger and we actually get hot water in our sinks. The downside is, we share a building with our section commander, Battalion Commander, Battalion Officer, and Regimental Officer. So we always have to be on the lookout because expectations are much higher from here till graduation.

With all this stress there was one very good message that came to us recruits this week. That message was that we finally got our orders. We were all excited; like little kids on Christmas day waiting to open our presents. Getting our orders brought us encouragement and gave us a sense of realization that we have a job after we graduate. Getting these orders gave us excitement for the new thrill of adventure that made us sign up to be Coast Guardsmen. All we need to do now is to just pull through and graduate.

As for humor this week: Our lead company commander had us draw a picture of one of our assistant company commanders. He told us to draw what we thought of him. We took this idea and ran with it. There were countless pictures of him breathing fire and yelling at recruits as if he were Godzilla himself terrorizing the population of coast guard recruits. The next day he came in and looked at each and every one of those pictures. Of course he yelled at us, but deep down we all knew he was laughing on the inside.

Well, week six is almost here. Pretty soon we will get to see all your lovely faces. Thanks for the support and the prayers. Oscar-192 out.


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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