Oscar 195 Recruit Journal Week 07

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Oscar 195 Recruit Journal

Formed: Jan 2, 2018

Graduates: February 23, 2018


Graduation Program: Posted Thursday afternoon: Week 7 Blog

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Ladies and Gentlemen, Families, Friends, and loved ones of Oscar-195, it is with a heavy heart, I welcome you to the last edition of the weekly summary. What a long, strenuous, rewarding journey it has been dating back to the stone age of 02JAN2018. We sure kicked off 2018 with quite a bang, shedding blood, sweat, and tears on this regiment. (Literally all three now that I think about it)

Well, this week we suffered a bit less as we focused more on education and ensuring we are ready for the fleet. But to make sure we are “still getting our sweat on” we have started waking up even earlier at 0500 to go to the gym to either prep for the Tour de France or the Mr./Ms. Universe competition. We had a lot of crucial classes this week such as first aid and CPR. Learning about how to save the life of an adult as well as small children and babies, which surprisingly, not many of us knew the proper procedures even though babies are pretty fragile. We also had a class on line handling, where we learned how to moor up a cutter to a pier, which will be a very important skill for the shipmates going to cutters. By this point it feels like we should have a bachelor’s degree in Coast Guard from the amount of classes that we’ve taken up to this point. It was worth it, as everyone passed the final exam and was able to go on off-base liberty. That was an adventure in itself.

Being able to step out of the confines of Training Center Cape May felling like prisoners just released from Alcatraz was a surreal feeling. Once we got to the front gates and hopped into taxis pretty much most of us headed to the hotels, craving an actual mattress with springs. From there, we all had fun in different ways, the foodies went to different food spots and checked out the local cuisine. A lot of us discovered the wonderful thing known as “Wawa”. If you have never heard of Wawa, well let me tell you that you are missing out on the greatest gas station food in the world!   Just ask your loved one at graduation if it lived up to the hype as we were talking about going there since week 04.   In fact, make it the very first question you ask them as soon as you see them. It’s funny how some of us took extreme “power naps” others chugged coffee and energy drinks to the point that their faces were twitching during evening muster.

This week brought “debriefs” from Petty Officer Catlin and Chief Samuels. A debrief is where we all sit down in a more relaxed position than usual and listen to the Company Commander talk about where they are from, why they joined this service, why they decided to become a Company Commander, and then we had the opportunity to ask questions about pretty much anything we wanted to know.

Petty Officer Catlin told us during her debrief that this was her first company as a Lead Company Commander and it will be her last company before she transfers back into the fleet. She asked for feedback on how to improve and what she did well.

Many of us spoke about the positive influence she had on our lives, having a firm belief in our success but also being able to lay down a firm hand when needed. We talked about how a few wanted to quit in the early weeks of training and how a talk she had with us about why we came here inspired us to see this through. One shipmate talked about not having a good female role model in their life and how Petty Officer Catlin exemplified a person she could look up to.

During Chief Samuels debrief he talked about being a prior Marine and how he ended up coming to the Coast Guard. He told us some hilarious stories of his times as a Company Commander, just like Petty Officer Catlin this is Chief Samuels’ last company as well. He is truly a good story teller, zapping out a multitude of knee slappers causing us to lose ALL military bearing. As of now we are have yet to debrief with Chief Krusko but we are definitely looking forward to that!

The art crew has been decorating ditty bags for the Company Commanders to hang up in the Galley. Each one has a personalized design catering to a specific trait or action that each of them have done. While they will remain a secret, I can tell you that we have some very talented artists in Oscar Company.

Graduation is less than a week away and it’s time to reminisce on how far we have come as both a company and individually. I spoke with my co-historian SR Lewandowski and he insisted we talk about just how tight Oscar company has become. It’s scary how close we all are and how we treat each other like brothers and sisters. When we leave here, we will give a big sigh of relief, but we won’t let out the endless memories and inside jokes we have with each other that we will cherish for the rest of our lives. One, five, twenty years down the line we will hit each other up, order some adult beverages, and cheer to the adventures, trials and tribulations we went through together. It was an honor being the historian and having the privilege of telling you folks about the success and mishaps of Oscar-195. The next time you hear about us will be in person and we cannot wait for that day!

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.