Oscar 195 Recruit Journal Week 05

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Oscar 195 Recruit Journal

Formed: Jan 2, 2018

Graduates: February 23, 2018



Ladies and Gentlemen behold, the latest episode of Oscar-195! This is SR Choi coming to you live from Training Center Cape May and let me tell you folks…..I missed recapping our adventures last week. I’d like to thank you all first off for the kind words and compliments my shipmates have relayed to me through the mail, it has been most humbling.

Now, where to start? This week has been a challenging, but rewarding one to say the least. The theme of this week was “Search and Rescue Week”. This means the morning routine has been flipped, turned and shifted upside down. Instead of just waking up and lining up for morning muster (counting the recruits), we have 15 minutes to muster, brush our nasty fangs (CC’s favorite thing to say in the morning) shave our face for the fella’s , or put on a “gelmet” for the ladies, get dressed in the Operational Dress Uniform and be lined up in front of the Galley ready to eat. I want to give a big shout out to the Galley staff. While we walk into the galley half asleep still and disoriented, they get us up even earlier than all of us to prepare the delicious food. After breakfast, sometimes we get to witness one of the most redeeming qualities of Cape May, the sunrises! Let me tell you, the sunrise is something you have to see! It is unexpectedly gorgeous, like Da Vinci himself painted the horizon.

As we progress as a company, we have been getting our education on! Having more and more classes on subjects such as Family benefits, Radio Procedures, and Financial Management. Have you heard of the “post lunch coma”? If you know what I’m talking about, it hits Oscar Company hard every day like a ditty bag full of bricks. Thing is, it seems like these classes are always scheduled right after chow, ending in dire situations like shipmates heads nodding up and down like someone dribbling a basketball while learning about crucial info like how not to get your identity stolen.

This week we were able to do what some of us thought we were going to do since week 01; lift weights! While burning 1000 calories on stationary bikes is mind blowingly fun…it feels awesome to “pump the guns. I mean c’mon we are in the land that created the saying “suns out, guns out” why wouldn’t we get our “swoll” on?

We also had our very first opportunity to possibly save a life! We as a company had 100% participation in donating blood on Thursday. Even the shipmates who are deathly afraid of needles or get queasy at the sight of blood signed up willingly to donate if they could.


Of course, the MAIN EVENT of the week was getting our orders! This was a moment that all of us will remember for the rest of our lives, starting with Petty Officer Catlin, Chief Samuels and Chief Krusko filing us into the Healy Hall classroom, with a power point on the screen and the first slide showing “OSCAR-195 ORDERS” much to our excitement. As the orders were revealed petty officer Catlin would ask the shipmates “penguins or palm trees?” then the recruit would guess with excitement and terror mixed together about where they were getting stationed. This made the experience all the more memorable, and Petty Officer Catlin said the detailer hooked us up as many of us got orders to or close to where we wanted. We completely lost ALL military bearing and could not hold back smiles or giggles as we saw where we were all taking our next steps in the Coast Guard. The most important thing to know is that there is no bad unit in the Coast Guard. Every single unit has its own unique journey to offer that will give us “sea stories” to tell for the rest of our lives. Many of you got to speak with your loved ones as made our first phone call home to arrange travel plans. It was quite splendid hearing the voices of the ones who support us no matter what, and it showed, with a couple shipmates “sweating from their eyeballs” but that’s what makes us human.

On Saturday we got a visit from our mentors and we had a chance to see some uplifting messages of encouragement on the face book page. It was heartwarming and gave us inspiration to continue to conquer boot camp. The mentors are amazing, providing us with a comfortable environment to ask any questions we have about our new assignments, or just the Coast Guard in general. It is super cool to see the life of a Coast Guardsman in full circle, with us as little baby recruits and them as the sages who guide us and pave the way for us to be successful. Before we know it, we will be in their boon dockers, training the next generation.

It has been about a month since we stepped off the bus in our “civies” and onto the yellow triangles in the frigid air that some of us have never experienced before. It feels just like yesterday we weren’t even an actual company yet, and now that November Company graduated we are officially the senior most company on the regiment. It is an exhilarating and pressuring feeling, as now everyone here will look to us as the ones who are completely squared away and show the junior recruits how an elite company functions. I am confident that Oscar-195 will live up to the expectations, as we continue to be loud and proud and give 100% in each and everything we do.

Thanks again for reading, Shipmate Lewandowski and I can’t wait to share our continuing journey with you.


-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.