Oscar 196 Recruit Journal Week 04

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Oscar 196 Recruit Journal

Formed: Aug 28, 2018

Graduates: Oct 19, 2018


Good morning, Friends and Family of Oscar – 196.


Once upon a time, the shipmates of James Hall were sound asleep dreaming of their hometowns and families, when all of a sudden the sound of a heart pulsing whistle disconnected them from their happiness. Being suddenly awoken and disoriented, OSCAR-196 sprinted down the stairs outside to the Company Commander Aisle to begin a very familiar week.

Monday we were evaluated by our Section Commander, Chief Heinze, on our ability to follow marching orders. He was very blunt at stating our flaws, but in the end we were deemed capable of marching ourselves without our Company Commanders. To end our day, we got our individual pictures taken. Though the idea of getting dressed up and smiling for the camera seems easy enough, after weeks of having to be stalwart, it took some work on our part. On Tuesday we learned how to combat fires, so we put on a full firefighter suit with oxygen tank and had hands on experience working with fire extinguishers. Wednesday had half the company march themselves to fight a simulated fire, and the other half of the company marched themselves to cyber security education. Thursday was the same schedule, only the two halves of the company swapped classes so no one missed out on training. It was also an important day because OSCAR-196 got to fill out their ‘Dream Sheets’; a list of cutters and stations they desire to get stationed. Friday we started the morning off with learning military positions with our model M-16s, or pieces. We are learning how to hold them while standing at Attention, and proper methods of carrying on our shoulders. After the lesson, we took our midterm. This is a big check point for OSCAR-196, because not only does it evaluate our progress but also marks a sort of halfway point in our training. At the end of the day, we were asked to submit our ideas for company shirts and memorabilia. Saturday we were introduced to slightly more complicated close order drill called ‘To the Wind” which our Lead Company Commander says we will get to demonstrate for our Chain of Command if we perfect our basic close order drills. The night grew closer, we got our chow and went back to James Hall for evening routines. Lights out.


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.