Oscar 196 Recruit Journal Week 02

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Oscar 196 Recruit Journal

Formed: Aug 28, 2018

Graduates: Oct 19, 2018


Graduation Program: Posted Thursday afternoon: Week 7 Blog

Go to:

Under the “Graduation Date” Tab you will be able to find the Graduation Program


To view the Graduation Live: Time: 1100 AM

The live stream of the graduations are viewed by going to the training center’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/uscoastguardbootcamp


*It should be noted that the live streams are a courtesy and not a guarantee. There could be technical issues or resource availability issues that would interfere with the stream. The live streams are not intended to be high definition productions of the graduation ceremonies.


If you are looking for higher quality video products from your loved one’s graduation, you should contact VTS at 609-365-8889



Good morning, Friends and Family of Oscar – 196.


Oscar 196 has begun its transformation into something greater. We are on the slow journey to becoming Coast Guard men and women. This week to put it simply; it was challenging. Oscar Company is like Christopher Columbus, discovering the new world, but unlike Christopher Columbus we have guides to this new journey, and have come to know them a little better this week. Petty Officer Alvino inspires us to be strong and keep our military bearing. Petty Officer Cichosz educates us on the importance of Cost Guard knowledge. Petty Officer Chatterjee watches over is and makes sure we are do good. Petty Officer Stephens instills Coast Guard Core Values in each and every one of us. Then there is our Lead Company Commander, A true leader in every sense of the word.


Other than getting to know our Company Commanders better, we at Oscar Company have done interesting things. First of all, Oscar Company received their Pieces (or guns). Though not real, they are supposed to represent the responsibility of having a real weapon. This is important because sometime later in training Oscar Company is going to get to use the real thing and we don’t want anyone to get hurt. Oscar Company also got to get in the pool finally. We got to see what the Coast Guards basic swim test is like. Some passed and some failed, but sooner or later we will all grow and become the Coast Guardsmen that will go out into the fleet and save lives. The most exciting part of this all was when we got to use the survival suits. These suits are an AMAZING investment of tax payer money. These suits are the ones that save the Coast Guard Men and Women that are going out there risking their lives to save others.


That’s all for now. Until next time!


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.