Oscar 193 Recruit Journal Week 04

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Oscar 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: September 20, 2016

Graduates: November 11, 2016


This week has been a roller coaster for OSCAR-193. We started it off on a high note last Sunday. We were acting as a team; we got loud, got fast, met time objectives and felt like we were truly training. As the week progressed however, our team spirit started to deteriorate. Our class schedule was packed all week as well so maybe that is why we lost out military bearing. Our Company Commanders refer to this as “High-School Mode”. Some still switch back to it, their civilian selves and forget where they are. This switch in recruit behavior is devastating and infectious. It brings down those of us that want to succeed and causes everyone to sweat for the mistakes of a few.


There have been a few milestones for OSCAR-193. For starters, we are officially half way through training. Many of us did not think we would make it this far. Unfortunately some of our original shipmates left us for one reason or another but if you cut off the head of a hydra, three more grow back. We lost a few but gained a dozen or so. It helps to have shipmates with a little more experience from time to time, especially when trying to keep everyone focused.


Another milestone was the Hands on Fire Fighting practical. We learned about different types of fires and how best to deal with them, given the proper tools. The simulator itself was hectic to say the least. This was just a brief glimpse into the awesome realm of the Damage Control World. On Friday, OSCAR-193 was allowed to participate in the Graduation Ceremony for KILO-193. We stood on the Parade field and showed respect to the senior Company. We all walked a little taller that day. I think all of us were pretending it was us in the Dress Uniforms. But we still have a ton of work to put in. Speaking of work here in Cape May we don’t just sweat all day we are also required to pass written tests. We took our Mid-Term this week as well and it covered so much material which made it difficult to study for. We have more practical’s and tests to come in the weeks ahead, so we need to get our flow back like we had last Sunday.

Next Week, Week 05, is search and rescue week. This literally means everything we do will be a time objective. If you as a reader have been following this log, you would know that time objectives are not out forte. But they need to be. This is what we all signed up for. Saving lives will soon be officially part of our job description.


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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