Oscar 192 Recruit Journal Week 06

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Oscar 192 Recruit Journal


Formed: February 23, 2016


Graduates: April 15, 2016




Week 06 Historian Summary




As week 06 comes to an end and we eat our chewy bars after full days worth of sweat, blood, and tears we now only think of how we will stand up to next week’s challenges. During our first weeks here at Cape May every time that we sweat, we were told to let it drop to the ground because we were not allowed to touch it. At first this came to the understanding that were are not allowed to touch our face and this is just another pointless rule that we have to follow. Week after week of punishment we unknowingly were marking our territory and eventually our place here in Cape May history. With every bead of sweat that rolled off our brow, every drop of tears, and every fiber of strength in our backs we earned the achievements given to us one by one. We would walk away from these spots where we would sweat and continue to the next time objective then on to chow chow chow chewy bar. The sweat stains we left on those decks can and will be swabbed away, and if we were asked what our favorite part of basic training was so far we would probably respond chewy bar time. But what many of us to not realize, and what our Company Commanders are trying to teach us is to take pride in anything with our name on it. With each passing day we signed off on each of the decks we have passed through that Oscar 192 was here, and this is what we accomplished. Each bead of sweat we drop is a contract that we trust our mentors and want to exceed the expectations they present before us. Fifty years from now when we are reflecting on our life before we give into a midlife crisis and buy a three wheeled motorcycle we will remember basic training. They would stop being spots we had to do pushups and become Sexton Hall, the first steps to the greatest adventure of our lives. James Hall, where we stopped being individuals and started working together. Healy Hall, the final tests of our most challenging job interview and earned the title stitched into our left breast pocket. Our Company Commanders will no longer be the juggernauts of incentive training and required knowledge; we will realize they mentored us through the most difficult time in our life, while pushing us to push ourselves. Hopefully after remembering all we have accomplished we will make sure to buy a blue three wheeled motorcycle, because the days we spent in blue are the proudest we ever had. Oscar will march into week 07 claiming knew spots and signing more contracts with the dream to leave, but I’m sure there will come a day when we dream to come back to these days.






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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