Oscar 194 Recruit Journal Week 03

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Oscar 194 Recruit Journal

Formed: May 16, 2017

Graduates: July 7, 2017


OSCAR 194 Week 03 Historian Summary

This week OSCAR 194 showed that we could put down the pacifier and pick up the torch when the need arises. The week started out like the other, with the Company Commanders throwing us in an active volcano and telling us to swim. However, OSCAR company deserved every bit of sweat and pride lost by the intensive training. We were quieter than a field mouse and slower than a snail in molasses. It was absolutely terrible, we were considered to be by far one of the worst companies on the regiment, and that says a lot since we hear the other companies are pretty bad too.

We will get back to performance later, for now we’ll speak of what we did and how we did it. This week our seamanship classes we learned how to properly sail the high seas as sea fairing men and women. While doing so we also learned how to tie the essential knots in the Coast Guard, and all of the different parts of the ships so we can properly navigate the ship and fix them. The seaman ship classes were a welcomed break from swimming in our own sweat and tears. That is not all though, we also got our official military ID, but the greatest day so far is Juliet-194’s graduation day. Like I said earlier, OSCAR company is in pretty bad shape, like a semi full of gas rolling toward a gas station with no brakes.

This graduation ceremony proved that we had enough control to turn ourselves somewhat around. The day before graduation the Company Commanders let us know how terrible our marching really was by basically telling us to go sit in the corner and play with crayons. But, OSCAR took those crayons and made something that would make Bob Ross weep. It was so good, we actually got praised for it, well, we at least didn’t get yelled at about it, which is essentially the same thing. OSCAR company has shown that we want to be here, we’ve had trips and stumbles, but were finally learning how to walk on our own two feet, hopefully we can keep it up.


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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