Oscar 194 Recruit Journal Week 04

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Oscar 194 Recruit Journal

Formed: May 16, 2017

Graduates: July 7, 2017


Good morning,


Please find below the historian summary for O-194:


Oscar Company this week was like a dysfunctional elevator, going up and down as far as possible with little to no signs of stopping. This week marked our official halfway point. Which is very big deal for every recruit, to know that after all the blood sweat and tears that have been shed. That there is an end goal. This week there were two major events that passed, the physical fitness test and the midterm exam. The physical fitness test was first and unfortunately with our first performance we had an expected fail rate of fifty percent, meaning about thirty members of Oscar were expected to fail. After hearing this, our Lead Company Commander decided to make a bargain with us. He told us that of eighty percent of Oscar passed than we would get an hour in order to iron our clothes, make our racks and generally tie up any loose ends that we have. So Oscar Company with every ounce of strength left in their bodies after hours of endless intense training sessions, pushed their bodies to the absolute limits. Unfortunately it wasn’t enough, because Oscar left with about a 25% fail rate, just barely missing the target. And so, more intense training ensued, making our bodies wearier than they have ever felt before. Too put it simply our company commanders were not pleased. Our other major event was the midterm, also known as the test to see who actually remembers anything after the hours of dehydrating. For this particular test there was no deal or bargain, you just had to get in, do what needed to be done and get out, plain and simple. And that’s exactly what Oscar did. We went in, passed the test and got out. It was a major victory with only one recruit failing the midterm. Other than that, the weeks was rather cut and dry, with Oscar learning how to properly fight fires, with the help of our shipmates. We also filled out our Dream Sheets this week which allows us to pick where we are stationed. As a final note, Oscar needs to improve if we want to graduate on time, because at this rate the odds are stacked against us.


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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