Oscar 192 Recruit Journal Week 07

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Oscar 192 Recruit Journal

Formed: February 23, 2016

Graduates: April 15, 2016

Coast Guard Recruit Company Oscar 192 Graduation Program


Week 07 Historian Summary


Sailors. When asked to describe a sailor most people say salty, harsh, brutish men with Poseidon beards and they speak an almost undecipherable language. Company Commanders. When asked to describe a Company Commander most people say harsh, crazy, loud, fiendish people whom thrive on the blood sweat and tears of teenagers. When Oscar arrived in Cape May and we were introduced to our Company Commanders the first words that floated around were oh my god, what did we just get into. We were beat for what seemed no reason all day everyday by the relentless figures whom play our judge, jury, and executioner. We would lie in our racks at night and discuss how much we hate the Company Commanders and how we are going to try to outsmart them and get around their rules. Day after day of beating and sweat and yelling and stress chips away at the only thing we brought with us to Cape May, our individuality. As a civilian, individuality is key, because in crowds of stumbling faces we all want to feel special but in the fleet individuality causes casualties. The goal of TRACEN Cape May is to create sailors, but not just any sailor no, life saving coastguardsmen. Men and women who will sail into waters more dangerous than Poseidon himself to save others and preserve life. The bearing sea is no easy foe, it is harsh, relentless, and scary and the only way to prepare somebody to face an entity that covers 75% of our world and will stop at nothing to stop us from completing our mission of life preservation, you need somebody who can take on the harsh unrelenting nature of the sea. The men who wore the black magical hats that let them walk on grass and through the lava of Company Commander isles for Oscar-192 gave us their own version of the sea to see who would learn to sail, and who would drown out of recruit training. In the beginning when we were pushed we failed and refused to get back up as a company, each beating was Armageddon and we wanted to rest as long as possible. As the weeks went on when push came to shove we stood up and showed that we can sail through the waves and tides being thrown at us by the black covered seas. Each beating became a game to see who could do it better, we all wanted it and started to look forward to pulling line just to show our Company Commanders how far we could pull it and how loud we could get. As crazy as that may sound it happens to be the only way to turn a civilian to a sailor ready to brave the mightiest of waves not only to save the day, but to try to quench the undying thirst we attain in basic training. Instilled in every man and women who graduates here is the thirst for challenge, but it can never be cured because once you conquer a challenge it is no longer unbeaten, so you search for something that is worthy of the tools we forged in cape may. Any man or woman who can teach such a difficult and rare lesson as devotion to duty is an extremely skilled teacher, and that’s who our company Commanders were to us. In our recruit helmsman it says if our Company Commanders do their job right then they will be the most influential people in our lives, and during the first 4 weeks I thought that was a load of hippo crap. However entering in week 08 and getting ready for the fleet I know that the four faces we were never allowed to look at will continue to mentor us years for now when we are trying to get to a mayday sight and the odds seem stacked against us. Completing this 08 week challenge has given Oscar a new definition of sailor and Company Commander. Sailors will be our brothers and sisters, our shipmates, and our friends. Company Commanders are mentors of a rare nature. And the sea is just the only entity that can provide the men and women of the coast guard with enough of a challenge to keep us coming back for more. We will graduate 8 feet tall, bullet proof, and grabbing the world by the gonads and thanks to the harshness of our mentors and shipmates, we will continue on the legacy of the coast guard and pay respects to those who formed the wakes we will follow in.


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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