Oscar 193 Recruit Journal Week 05

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Oscar 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: September 20, 2016

Graduates: November 11, 2016


Week 05 started on a very low note but as the week progressed so did we. As stated in the previous logs, we did not train all day. Instead we just sat or stood with our noses to the bulkhead all day, stopping only to go to chow or take water breaks from our “strenuous training”. We were not allowed to conduct ourselves in a military manner and the senior companies were allowed to stomp on our temporary Oscar flag. Although it was humiliating and upsetting at the time, it was good for us after all because we needed a reality check. We went to sleep that night deeply dissatisfied but we woke up more determined to prove ourselves than ever before.

This week was also search and rescue week which meant waking up at 0530 and having 15 minutes to take muster, get dressed, make our racks, fix our hair or shave our faces, brush our teeth and be outside, formed up, ready to step off for chow by minute :45. It was supposed to simulate the stress and pressure of a real life emergency. On Tuesday, we were issued our dress uniforms and we spent most of the day in the uniform distribution center and tailor shop, making sure we got the best fit on our uniform so we can look sharp once graduation comes around. On Friday we got our orders which was something we had been anticipating for weeks. Some of us were very excited and others were upset but the one thing we all have in common is that we are anxious to get out there and see what it’s like to be productive Coast Guardsman. After we received our orders we were able to call our families to let them know where we are going. It was an emotional moment for most of us because we haven’t heard the voices of our love ones in over a month. It feels like Oscar-193 is really starting to come together as a team and communicate better.

We were able to speak with our company Mentor this morning and ask him questions about our orders, the news, current sports standings and basically anything that was on our minds. Afterwards we had a bike workout that was run by our lead company commander. Originally we were supposed to do the obstacle course today but once again Cape May weather and its random shifts did not allow for that to happen. Either way, we were able to train or get a workout in which will prepare us for tomorrow. We have our first company run tomorrow and we are excited because we will all get to represent Oscar-193 off-base.

Overall, week 05 broke us down so we could build ourselves up again and be ready for week 06 which is where we are supposed to hit our peak as a company and demonstrate everything we have learned as a unified 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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