Oscar 193 Recruit Journal Week 3


International Maritime Signal Flag Oscar

International Maritime Signal Flag Oscar

Oscar 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: September 20, 2016

Graduates: November 11, 2016

Week 03 is coming to an end and it has been quite exhausting both mentally and physically. In the beginning of week 03 we were not getting along well with each other. We blamed each other whenever we got in trouble for being late or talking or doing anything we weren’t supposed to be doing. Now that we have completed our third week of boot camp, however, we are coming together as a team more. We have gone through countless sweat session and almost everyone is trying harder to improve and meet all the requirements and standards. For example, today we did drills were we had 60 seconds to put on our boondockers and blousing straps and tie our go fasters together. It sounds like an easy task but for some reason we could not meet our time objectives. We had to switch between our white socks and Go-fasters and our black socks and boondockers with blousing straps, rinse and repeat. The quarterdeck does not have air conditioning and by the end of our sweat sessions there is condensation on the walls, glass, ceiling and puddles of sweat on the deck filling the divots scared from companies before us. Even though we could not meet our time objective we all put in the effort to move faster, which is at least a start.

This week we also started learning and practicing our required knowledge more intensively. It was a lot to take in and we only have one more week until our midterm. During week 03 we got to learn manual of arms. Hands on training with our pieces, is something most of us enjoy doing and once we get better at it we will have a chance to demonstrate what we have learned. Our company also had multiple seamanship classes where we learned how to tie knots and communicate using nautical terms. During the knot tying class we displayed teamwork because when somebody was struggling with tying a knot someone else was right there who did know and was present to help them out.

As always our sweat sessions that we earn are in abundance but almost everyone in the company is determined to do the right thing and begin training. We are now taking more pride in our company which we demonstrated during our bike workout last night. We were all pushing ourselves and our Lead Company Commander told us to scream our company name every time we switched to another level on the bikes. This inspired many of us because we want to get better and be the best company on the regiment.

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.


We are having issues with the comment section on Coast Guard All Hands, and the comments are currently closed. Please be assured we are working through the issue and will work to resolve this as soon as possible. In the meantime, please use the “Contact Us” page on the right-hand navigation column if you need to contact Coast Guard All Hands.