Oscar 197 Recruit Journal Week 02

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Oscar 197 Recruit Journal

Formed: June 11, 2019

Graduates: August 02, 2019


Graduation Program: Posted Thursday afternoon: Week 7 Blog

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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.


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Oscar-197 has had a reality check the past two weeks. It has been a serious adjustment, but nevertheless, progress is being made. We sweated the ocean it feels like, but through all of that, Oscar continues to get better. Since we have arrived off of the bus, our hair has been cut and we changed out of our civilian clothes as soon as we set foot in the building. Our first week or “forming week” really prepared us for what was to come. And what came was the real deal. Four different Company Commanders, which made up our Lead Company Commander and his Ø3 Assistant Company Commanders, have the desire to train us. Make us fleet ready. All throughout the week we did just that. Whether it be Incentive Training, or just class time, Oscar-197 has been working. Some of the days have felt long, others short and the whole company feels homesick but they have come together to uplift each other. And that is always a good thing because nobody can make it through this training process alone. We started our official classes this week, which includes Rates and Ranks, Strength and Core training, and even an Anti-Terrorism class. All of this is information we will use throughout our career. Especially Rates and Ranks. Rates describe enlisted personnel’s jobs essentially, while ranks describe all of the officers in the Coast Guard. Our Strength and Core class is a class designed to help recruits get in shape so that they pass all of their physical fitness exams. These exams are crucial in making it out of Cape May to graduation. We also went and got our ‘piece’ this week. Our piece is completely plastic replica of an M-16, a weapon used out in the fleet, making us feel closer to be out in the fleet. We also learned new ways to push ourselves through incentive training while using our piece. Another important event this week was our swimming exams. Oscar-197 is very talented in that area, a vast majority looked as if they could race in a swim meet now. It was definitely a sight to see. Oscar-197 definitely still has a lot of work cut out for us, but we are trying to make the strides to become a fully functional company. It can and will be done.

SR White


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.