Oscar 194 Recruit Journal Week 06

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Oscar 194 Recruit Journal

Formed: May 16, 2017

Graduates: July 7, 2017

 

They’re on the prowl, you’ll hear them howl, they’ve taken their lumps, they’re making their jumps, tonight Oscar company joins the hunt. The pack stays strong even when in the wrong, this isn’t a comeback it’s the new wolf pack. This week could be described in several ways with just one word, Explosive. But not a car fire explosion, or a fireworks explosion, no this week was the mother of all bombs explosive, for both good and bad reasons (but we’ll just talk about the good reasons for now). This week started with Oscar company taking having to take anything and everything they knew about shooting firearms, picking that information up, and gently drop it into the wood chipper, just to relearn how to hit the broad side of a barn. That’s right we had firearms qualifications to start our week with, and there’s nothing like the smell of burnt gunpowder and the sensation of hot brass hitting skin to take you out of a slump. In our actual firearms classes we ended up learning how to check the chamber for any rounds that got jammed, how to properly stand when aiming the firearm, and even how to properly rock a baby to sleep. I know that last thing sounds fake, but you’ve just got to trust me when I say it happened. Then the next day Oscar company went to the firing range and their performance was… decent. While no one got injured and/or maimed while there, which is very fortunate, there was also no hidden Jason Bourne among Oscar company which is rather unfortunate. But according to the training centers standards, we did well, well enough to get the coveted Black Ribbon for our guidon, one of if not the rarest ribbon available. Now if you think that’s weird, get ready to hear something completely insane. Oscar company this week had something known as Graduation watch, to put it simply it’s when they take a bunch of recruits, throw them into an alligator pit and are told to swim to safety. In all actuality its recruits greeting civilians and other military members into the training center, and making sure everything stays safe but it’s still a tough ride with the company commanders everywhere. Many companies get eaten alive while doing this watch, Oscar company shrugged it off with some alligator skins and a one hundred dollar bill. Two recruits from Oscar somehow ended up getting positive performance trackers out of the experience. That’s like… the cookie monster eating a salad, it just doesn’t happen. Next thing we knew, Saturday hit us, and we were all awoken by a very familiar sound, “FIRE, FIRE, FIRE!!” and the one thought that went through all of our heads was, “well what did we do this time?” So, we went outside and formed up as if it was a fire drill, then something odd happened, we were told to march. At this point everyone was on such an edge you could cut a diamond with it, because we were never told to just march after we did a fire drill. And then we were stopped by Petty Officer Martinez right by the beach, and he gave us a speech on how this was our new home, and how he started out as a lone wolf and how with Oscar company his pack had grown. Then we were told to find our colors on the beach, and the sight of our companies colors raised high was astounding. It was proof that Oscar Company was no longer a group of individuals looking to get by, but we were now a wolf pack Ready for whatever chase lies 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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