Oscar 197 Recruit Journal Week 6

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Oscar 197 Recruit Journal

Formed: June 11, 2019

Graduates: August 02, 2019


Oscar 197 had a tremendous week. It was a week full of lessons and humbling experiences. A week filled with fun and excitement as well as a dash of sweat here and there too. To start the week off, we had our fire arms training class where we learned how to handle our pistols. Well, not ours exactly but the standard pistol the Coast Guard uses. The next day, we went to the range to get some practice in. As a company our accuracy was about 85%. That means on the target there were 3 zones, ‘A’, ‘B’, and ‘C’; ‘A’ being the hardest zone. With that being said, 85% of our shots were in the ‘A’ zone which earned us a pennant on our guidon. We also had our physical fitness exam. Everybody managed to pass. That also earned us another pennant as well. Pure focus and determination has been helping us throughout training. Throughout the week we have been tasked with contacting our units and making sure we get as much information as possible to make reporting to our unit as smooth as possible. The fact that this experience is almost over is little surreal. Such a long journey it has felt like. I mean, our career counseling class went over different routes we can take in our careers. All types of rates or types of jobs that we can choose from. We’ve also been taking safety training classes and these classes are extremely important to one’s safety.

The real highlight of the week took place on Saturday. It was one of, if not the most, crucial day we have had yet. We finally earned our colors. And with that comes proud marching and cadences being called. Quick side note, one of our Assistant Company Commanders has a nice singing voice. He gives me a run for my money I must say. It was an amazing moment though and it is definitely something that won’t ever be forgotten. The ceremony was immaculate to see. Back to today though, we had on base liberty and it was great to talk to loved ones again. We will be home soon, and having that reminder to keep pushing and grinding is absolutely marvelous. We have a little less than two weeks left, we have to finish strong. With that being said, I am positive we will. This company is too strong mentally not to.


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.