Oscar 197 Recruit Journal Week 05

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Oscar 197 Recruit Journal

Formed: June 11, 2019

Graduates: August 02, 2019




Oscar-197 had a tough week this week. It was search and rescue week, which meant getting up and getting dressed as fast as possible. Once dressed, making it to breakfast as soon as possible as well. It also came with a lot more responsibility as well. With that being said our week was full of ups and downs. To start the week off, Oscar-197 had our Battalion Commander’s Inspection. The inspection of our uniforms and required knowledge is a very pivotal moment in training. A lot of Oscar did well! It was conducted by a few important people on the regiment. So we had to be in our best uniform possible. The very next day, we received our dress uniforms. We really look sharp too! It’s starting to become an exciting time because we have come so far. We still have a ways to go, but we are getting there slowly. We have had interesting classes on financial advice, being in the boat crew, and even learned new ways to practice our Manual of Arms movements. We learned “Stack Arms” and “Right” and “Left Shoulder Arms”. Very interesting stuff. A huge, huge, huge event this week also happened. We received our orders! We now know where we will be stationed once boot camp is over. We also got to call our loved ones to let them know. It is a joyous occasion, Oscar-197 will be all over the globe after Ø2 August. We were very lucky too, because most people got the orders that they wanted. They’ll be able to see all the exciting places they dreamed of, and make memories they’ll never forget. Again, it is an extremely momentous occasion, yet our journey is far from over. We are about to be in week Ø6. We have some very important classes and tests coming up. This is a time to become more locked on and focused than ever. Oscar-197 is on its way to becoming a Senior Company. We have to lead by example. A couple of exciting events included the off-base run and the Confidence Course. The off-base run was an extreme morale booster. Something the company really needed. The residents of Cape May are extremely uplifting, and they even ran with us! The Confidence Course had us boost each other up and encourage us to beat each obstacle. Oscar’s journey is getting closer and closer to the end, yet we are still far away. Next week will be better!



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.