Oscar 193 Recruit Journal Week 08

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Oscar 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: September 20, 2016

Graduates: November 11, 2016

Coast Guard Recruit Company Oscar 193 Graduation Program

 

OSCAR-193 Week 07 Summary

 

Week 07 was probably the busiest week we’ve had during our time in basic training. We had our first company run which was a three mile cadence run off base. Many of us were exhausted after the first mile but kept pushing and following along with the cadences. Three people fell out of formation and were not able to finish the run but we had morning workouts at 0530 everyday this week so hopefully the next run everyone will finish and sing their hearts out. This week we also had our last Seamanship class which covered line handling. We were able to practice heaving a line in the event of a person in the water and we also learned how to secure a vessel to the dock (mooring) and all the commands that go along with it. We also had a uniform inspection from the Battalion Officer this week as well as a video conference with the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard where we were allowed to ask all types of questions about our units and career advice. This week was also our Close Order Drill and Manual of Arms test. We had been preparing for weeks. Although we made a few mistakes we still scored well and received a pennant from the Section Commander for overall performance. Friday the company took their final exam. Everyone passed on their first try, some on their second try, and we received yet another pennant for our overall test average to add to our guidon, which now has a name (The Vigiliant) and even its own rack. This week was also significant if that our Company Commanders did a debrief so we were able to speak to them normally, share funny stories, inspirational moments, and get to know more about who they are and why they chose to do this job. It was inspirational to learn that they were just like us at one point in time and worked their way up to make a tremendous impact on all our lives. Lastly, we ended week 07 with off-base liberty, which was something we all had been looking forward to basically since week 01. Many of us got hotel rooms and were able to relax and talk to our families. We wore Service Dress Blue uniform off base and the amount of support we received from the people in town was overwhelming and inspiring. We are ready to be productive Coast Guardsmen and cannot wait to prove ourselves. OSCAR-193 is almost there!

 

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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