Oscar 198 Recruit Journal Week 02

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Formed: March 17, 2020
Graduates: May 08, 2020

OSCAR 198 checking in! We hope everyone is safe. Rest assured we are safe in training with the medical staff available to us 24 hours a day to ensure we are healthy enough to continue training. They are also here in case of an emergency! Currently in training, we are learning the Coast Guard rank structure so that we know the different ranks and how to properly identify them. A lot of recruits already have their eyes set on the ranks they want to achieve so they can make a positive contribution to the service. We have also learned about the hard work and dedication it will take to be a great follower. These lessons are being taken seriously by OSCAR – 198 because we know that they ring true. Our Lead Company Commander, ME2 Burrus, is ensuring we know with hard work comes great reward. Ours is the aim to save lives and ensure our borders are protected!

In addition to this week, we got to use the pool at the Training Center. It was a test, but it was still amazing to work out in the pool. Many recruits passed the swim test and those who did not are being trained to so they can be successful in completing the Coast Guard mission. We were so elated to get in the water and show off our skills. Good Job OSCAR – 198!

Continuing on that note, we also met our Company Mentor. CDR Millspaugh has been in the service for over 30 years. We all asked about the jobs we wish to get and how we can go about getting to the training school (A-school) of our desire. What we need to do is to work together as a company to be successful. All the recruits, even though we have just met, have bonded together to help each other. We try our best to be a team because there will only be one OSCAR – 198 and we will make our name proud (even though the OSCAR flag means “Man Overboard” lol the irony).

Following up, we are also learning how to march with our pieces (M16) we were issued. How amazing. I know you all will be impressed to see us at graduation with all the cool movements we can do with our pieces. We will look truly military to you! Executing all those complicated moves our Company Commanders taught us. I know we can’t wait to see you all and the proud looks on your faces.

Again, we ask for your prayers and letters of encouragement because we need it. We love you all and look forward to hearing and seeing you soon.
OSCAR – 198 checking out, until next week.

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.

Graduation Program: Posted Thursday afternoon
Go to: http://www.forcecom.uscg.mil/Our-Organization/FORCECOM-UNITS/TraCen-Cape-May/ Under the “Graduation” 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. If you are looking for higher quality video products from your loved one’s graduation, you should contact VTS at 609-365-8889.


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