Oscar 193 Recruit Journal Week 02

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Oscar 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: September 20, 2016

Graduates: November 11, 2016


Our first full week of Boot Camp. What a trip. This is something none of us have fully experienced. There is nothing to truly compare it to. I guess that’s why so many other things in life are compared to this. Now that I think about it, Coast Guard Boot Camp is like a controlled demolition. We, as new recruits are coming into a service with habits and flaws that need to be broken, destroyed, and swept away. Once that is accomplished, a new foundation can be laid so a new, better version of ourselves can be built.

The only way we can grow is to take chances and deal with the controlled explosion that is Boot Camp. Even as I write this, there is a chance an unfamiliar company commander will approach me and unleash hell. On top of the screams of the company commanders, the incentive training, the sweat, the rain, and lack of sleep, there are daily classes we must attend. In actuality, the classroom setting is the one place we get treated like humans, mostly. The beginning of the week dealt mostly with living in the squad bay, uniforms, rates, ranks, conduct, and even how to speak. It’s all a new language to us and we are struggling to keep up. Some of the most important classes this week we’re on saluting and greeting properly, civil rights, standing watch, and core values and courtesies of the Coast Guard. Now all this may sound dry and on entertaining, but they help turn our focus back on the question” why are we here?” The core values class was especially motivating because of how passionate our lead company commander was teaching it. You can truly tell he cares and hold us to the same high standard he holds himself.

In this world where no one wants to own a mistake, here and now at Cape May, we are learning to hold ourselves accountable before we hold others accountable for the same actions. Through all the grueling training we are doing, we are just starting to realize how devoted we must be to this duty and to do the right thing simply because it’s the right thing to do.

Our training has only just begun. I can for see many more sweat sessions. But they are avoidable only if we truly work at it and pull together as a team.


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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