Oscar 196 Recruit Journal Week 05

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Oscar 196 Recruit Journal

Formed: Aug 28, 2018

Graduates: Oct 19, 2018


Week 05 is finally reaching its conclusion. There aren’t words that could explain what went on here for Oscar-196. We experienced a weeks’ worth of search and rescue alarms. We spent the mornings being lost in the sauce and sprinting to formation for chow. The days for Oscar were long and hard we found out why the humidity is so high here at Training Center Cape May. Due to the excessive amounts of perspiration from our bodies. Although things were tough and it felt like the pain was never going to end, the company persevered. We wouldn’t have kept our morale up if it wasn’t for some motivating speeches from permanent party personnel. The battle Monday morning started it all where the company stormed the main deck of Healy hall and Master Chief Wadley and his squad of company commanders sliced through our ranks. Oscar Company suffered a quantity of casualties. Rest in Papa Company, shipmates. I wish we could say we didn’t see it coming but we definitely knew some people just need more time in training. After the battle of Healy hall, Oscar-196 began to realize the importance of embracing the suck. We began to switch directions and march upwards in progression in our training. A massive highlight was the moment we received our individual orders. The anticipation was worse than the discipline we are all too familiar with. Classes upon classes were stacked on the schedule. A lot of knowledge taught to our brains. Having days packed full of activities and classes really made time fly away. We were also distributed our tropical blues and dress wear, I think we can all say we are going to look sharp and professional come graduation. The sweat and trackers were in high demand this week for being crazy. What is so difficult about following simple directions Oscar? Ending this week the comradery was immensely noticeable to the entire regiment when Oscar-196 conquered the obstacle course. Just remember shipmates, to fail is the first attempt in learning. Hold your military bearing Oscar we are expecting serious challenges in week 06, wish us luck.


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.