Oscar 193 Recruit Journal Week 06

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Oscar 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: September 20, 2016

Graduates: November 11, 2016


What a week it has been for us. We made it to week six, making us one of the senior companies. Mike–193 graduated this week which only leaves November-193 and us with our colors. That was one of the highest points for us as a company.

We started the week off on a cold and windy morning on the beach. We stood as a company and watched the sunrise while our Lead Company Commander gave us an incredible motivational speech. We were ordered to about-face where our colors were waiting for us; we raced to it and hoisted it over our heads with pride. Many of us had tears in our eyes.

In the middle of the week is when our company split up to go to the firing range. The other half had gym and administrative time. The firearm safety class and fire range was an absolute blast, no pun intended. We kept our military bearing because that’s how we’ve been trained. Firearm safety cannot be stressed enough here in the Coast Guard. Many of us even qualified as marksman, some as sharpshooters, That means we get to wear a ribbon on our uniforms indicating our achievement.

In between our classes much of the marching has been spiced up by our company commanders. Don’t get me wrong, our classes are important and interesting, but marching to cadences is something that only happens here in Cape May. In this entry, I have been given permission by our company commander, Petty Officer Kesterson, strictly to describe their cadences. They each have their own style and versions they like to sing. The company also has their favorites they like to sing along to. So far, Petty Officer Kesterson has been able to keep us in step the best. He is also the most entertaining. Many of us struggle to stay stone-faced when he sings. Our Lead Company Commander, Senior Chief Kilduff, has the next best cadences. He has a distinct ability to get us incredibly loud. He uses cadences that are simple to follow, so it’s easy to focus on our volume and timing. Unfortunately I can’t rank Petty Officer Clifford when it comes to cadences because we have yet to hear her. According to Petty Officer Kesterson, Petty Officer Clifford has a great voice and rhythm, so we have to take his word for it. As for Chief Wheeley, he has his own soulful rendition of cadences. And he has told us how much distain he has for rhythmically challenged people so it puts us on our game and sometimes we mess up under the pressure. At least he sang the SpongeBob Square Pants theme song as a cadence yesterday, so that was fun.





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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