Oscar 196 Recruit Journal Week 03

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Oscar 196 Recruit Journal

Formed: Aug 28, 2018

Graduates: Oct 19, 2018

Good morning, Friends and Family of Oscar – 196.

Move faster shipmate, get louder shipmate, don’t talk shipmate! These are some of the few thoughts that race through our heads on a daily basis. Week 03 was a tough one but that should have been expected by all of us. We came here as individuals but are all part of OSCAR-196 now. The tension is through the roof as we begin to witness our fellow shipmates going on probation. When placed on probation, shipmates are blessed with the honor of wearing a red belt. These red belts might as well be a giant target sign on those selected individuals. Shipmates who just don’t seem to get that the United States Coast Guard Training Center Cape May is strictly business. I can’t speak for everyone but we should have come here with the intent to train. Speaking of training, this week was full of some very strenuous incentive training. What is incentive training you may ask? Well it’s training except we just crank the sweat up to the highest level we can endure. So that is always a delight to experience, but we do it to ourselves. We need to get the cogs whirling and start moving as a unit. If one of us fail, we all fail. It’s that simple. On a different note, this week brought a heaping bundle of general knowledge. We were shown the ropes but in this case, the “lines” in our seamanship class. Educating ourselves with these basic knots and ship terminology will prove useful throughout our careers with the Coast Guard. Whenever we march over to seamanship, the entire company is full of relief. Seamanship provides a more relax environment for all of us. Along with that state of mind brings on the loosening of our jawlines. The amount of talking in that class is utterly ridiculous. By the time we realize our cons, it is already too late. We can’t seem to maintain our military bearing when we are away from our company commanders. This week was full of corrective measures, company commander style and we are inquisitive about our fate holds during week 04.

Until next time,

OSCAR – 196


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.