Oscar 195 Recruit Journal Week 06

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Oscar 195 Recruit Journal

Formed: Jan 2, 2018

Graduates: February 23, 2018




Welcome, Welcome, families and friends of Oscar-195 to the story of week 06. I want to start by thanking everyone who relayed kind words about my Co-Historian SR Choi and myself through our shipmates about our previous stories.

What a week folks! Week 06 was a real turning point for us as a company. It was our first official full week as the most senior company on the regiment. We’re in a unique spot because we hold that title for 03 weeks when most companies can only say that for one week. We have a huge responsibility to lead by example and show all the junior companies how its done. It also means the “Haters gonna hate”, as our lead Company Commander Petty Officer Catlin put it. All eyes will be on us criticizing our every move around the regiment.

The evolution of a Coast Guard recruit and boot camp itself is a fascinating thing. The transition from civilian to Coast Guardsman is incredible to watch. We’re not there yet but we can feel how close we are to completing that transition. Petty Officer Catlin explained to us today that she has fully trained us along with Chief Samuels and Chief Krusko. Now its about sharpening everything up, making sure we are tight and right and focused on finishing strong here. The first five weeks are daunting and absolutely brutal at times. This week was more about leading from the front and acting like we truly belong here. We still faced plenty of challenges but we are a much more confident group. I believe our strength is how small we are now. As a company of 47 we are a tight family and its amazing how much closer we all continue to get every single day. A team is only as strong as its weakest member and we no longer have any weak links.

At the beginning of the week we were in the middle of a head and water break, some of us in the middle of shaving, when we were suddenly told to stop what we were doing and frantically get outside in formation. Petty Officer Catlin examined us for a few seconds before saying “You are in week 06 but you’re earning something that most companies don’t earn until week 07 or 08”. Before we realized what was actually happening, she said “about face”, and when we did we saw Chief Samuels and Chief Krusko standing in the parade field like statues with the Oscar colors on our guidon posted at an angle in the parade field. This will be an image that we as a company never forget. The next thing we know Petty Officer Catlin says “See something you want? Go get it!” We sprinted out onto the parade field, mud flying everywhere! SR Gregory got to it first and handed those beautiful colors to SR Choi and we lined back up in formation and all three of our Company Commanders marched us around the regiment leading us in marching cadences. Singing Cadences is awesome, it gives you goosebumps for all the pride you have in the Coast Guard. Tuesday was another amazing day because we went to the pistol range to shoot the Sig Sauer P229DAK. We took an extremely comfortable bus ride up to Atlantic City where we were actually allowed to take a nap! We all did pretty well firing at different target and putting to use the things we learned in marksmanship class.

We shot so well that we earned the black marksmanship pennant for our newly acquired guidon! After a great day like that we had a surprise wake up from our Section Commander Chief Heinze and his cronies, two other Section Commanders Chief Perez and Chief Milligan. We were woken up to blaring whistles at 0500 and were immediately sent down to the drill hall for a rough IT session. We followed that up with a very short time objective to to get fully dressed in our ODU’s, boots, with a shaved face, fangs brushed, gelmets on, and lined up on the quarter Deck. Chief Heinze made it clear that we must act like a week 08 company for the next 03 weeks. Then it was time to pop racks and get inspected. We did pretty well as a company and made it out of the brutal morning with just a few bruises to our company ego. We spent a lot of time this week teaching the newest company on the regiment S-195 how to IT, set up racks and do their jobs in the company like yeoman, squad leader etc… It was weird to see what we looked like back in the beginning weeks. We felt like we went back in time like Marty McFly and Doc Brown and saw just how crazy we were. One recruit made the mistake of trying to join our formation after a meal in the galley and I’m pretty sure that Chief Krusko scared him right out of his go-fasters as he told him “he was lost in the sauce”. We also showed a junior company how to stand a proper watch during the night. Their uniforms looked like they “ironed them with a cold rock” as Chief Samuels would say. I’m sure they will figure it out eventually. But right now they will have to learn “Big Bird Barney Style” as Chief Samuels loves to say.

Lastly we had time to contact our units this week and do some research on the area we will spend some time with our first units. You guys pretty much know everything else because we had our on base liberty where we were finally able to talk to all our loved ones! Tune in next week for our week seven story.


SR Lewandowski, T. 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.