Oscar 194 Recruit Journal Week 02

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Oscar 194 Recruit Journal

Formed: May 16, 2017

Graduates: July 7, 2017


The second week of Oscar-194 could best be described as difficult. No matter what we did as a company it seemed as though every goal grew further from us by the minute. Be it the need to move faster as a unit, to being able to work with each other as a team, and with each hard hitting failure, there was an even harder punishment. Now, that’s not to say while some members of Oscar-194 were pouring out all of their blood sweat and tears into everything they did, others just didn’t seem interested. Almost as if they were just droning through until it was over. But for the rest of us all that did was strengthen our resolve and gave us a reason to push even harder, no matter what our prior motivations. And while Oscar did start out a slow timid and quiet group, this week had proved that we were improving even if it didn’t always show and even with all the harsh training and punishment, there were some high notes, like finally acquiring our “piece” also known as an M-16 Rubber Replica, which has ended up becoming a new training tool. There was also the swim test in which we needed to prove whether we’d be able to swim100 meters and tread water for 5 minutes. Fortunately that test had a high success rate with a few of us having to train in later weeks. But one of the highlights was the civil rights class. And while that may not seem exciting it was the first laid back feeling hours that we had in what felt like eternity and that meant the world to us. Because it let us ease into the weight of what we were doing a bit more easily than when we first arrived. And with all of the hardships that we’ve gone through we’ve stopped seeing ourselves as strangers and more like a family, a strange dysfunctional family but a family none the less. And this family was ready to face the hardships ahead.

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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