Oscar 195 Recruit Journal Week 03

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Oscar 195 Recruit Journal

Formed: Jan 2, 2018

Graduates: February 23, 2018


OSCAR-195 Week 03 Summary


Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to the newest edition of the weekly summary of Oscar-195! What a week we have had! It has only been seven days but it feels like it has been a decade. I’m positive that every other recruit feels the same way. During that black hole of time known as week 03, all of us have made significant changes. Now, there is no such thing as an individual, we are one company and we either succeed as a company or fail as a company. So far it seems most of it has been fail, but we have had a few wins, such as everyone passing deck seamanship, where we were tested on various knots like the bowline and clove hitch, as well as steering a cutter using phrases like “Helsman, left standard rudder”. One of the best quotes of the week has to be from a shipmate who will remain anonymous for their safety said “All I can smell is farts and failure”. That was definitely the case on Wednesday night, where we got our butts kicked for three straight hours, holding canteens out for what felt like never ending periods of time. Then alternating Incentive Training and packing our sea bags with all our belongings and passing them around in a circle for what felt like an eternity. We always ask ourselves “why are we doing this?”. We have learned in our time here that everything we do here has a purpose no matter how awful or remedial it may be. On the upside of that though we ALWAYS get a great night’s sleep after sweating out half of our body weight.

The weather in Cape May is kinda crazy….Just two days ago it was so cold and windy here that our faces hurt and our military grade jackets couldn’t keep the cold out. Then today, the weather was absolutely gorgeous! We were able to go outside and do pushups in just the operational dress uniform and no jacket!

We also started marching by ourselves this week instead of being on a leash by a Company Commander. It feels awesome when we move as one company all in step and hearing the cadence of our boots striking the deck all at the same time!

Today a few of us took note of a breathtaking sunset while marching (we didn’t keep our eyes in the boat) and I know the CC’s will make us sweat for this…but it will be worth it because we saw streaks of pink, purple, and deep blue across the vast skyline. It gave us hope that no matter what we go through, we are blessed to sweat on this beautiful earth.

The recruits of Oscar-195 are now card carrying members of the Armed Forces! We received our military Identification Cards. We all look terribly ugly in the photos with shaved heads, slicked back hair known as “gelmets” on the female recruits and our SUPER AWKWARD facial expressions. But as we looked at the photos of ourselves, we all noticed a significant change in the look of our faces and eyes.

We saw that we are no longer just “civilians”, we are now in the US Coast Guard! It is truly amazing the change that has occurred in just 19 days. The fact that we are not even half way through shows that our transformation is just beginning. We still have many things to learn, and cram into our little “brain housing groups” and plenty of more time to punish our muscles. The only thing that remains consistent is the delicious food at the Galley. The galley workers there deserve so much praise for making “shoving food down our gullets” much more bearable.

As we move into week 04, we know that it will get even harder and we will need to be FASTER, LOUDER, and even more squared away. Like I said before, we will need to grind away as a company and I am confident that O-195 will take week 04 by the reins and ride gloriously into that beautiful Cape May sunset.


SR Choi, C. J.



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.