Oscar 198 Recruit Journal Week 03

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Monday, the beginning of Week 03, OSCAR – 198 attends their first Seamanship Class. We learned a lot about what is on the cutters, such as bits, chocks and stanchions. Of course it was just like every Monday. People in company OSCAR – 198 were drained of almost 100% of their energy. Although there is nothing wrong with a slow start to a week because that means more reasons for our Company Commanders to punish us.

Tuesday, or laundry day is a company favorite due to the fact that we get relieved of the smell from our own dirty laundry. This really can put a smile on a recruit’s face, but don’t let a Company Commander see you with that smile or you are doomed. We had our second Seamanship class which was dedicated to learning how to tie knots. We really love Seamanship in company OSCAR – 198.

Then it was Wednesday. We finally made it to the halfway mark of Week 03 and we were given the greatest news imaginable…we would be graduating in Week 06. Graduating early is also very nerve racking because we now have to squeeze 08 weeks of knowledge into our minds with a very limited amount of time (which is also very stressful).

Thursday rolled around the corner and there weren’t very many things to do on our printed schedule. This meant that the majority of our day would be sweating and pain. The one upside to Thursday was OSCAR – 198’s knot tying practical test. Seamanship is definitely one of our favorite locations at Training Center Cape May. All together, we were at Seamanship for around 07 hours. It was almost as if OSCAR – 198 was living in a dream. Eventually, ours came to a screeching halt as soon as class was over and we enjoyed pain for the rest of the night.

Friday was not a good day for 08 of OSCAR – 198’s shipmates. Per our Lead Company Commander, ME2 Burrus’s recommendation, SKC Knapp and PO Aulph were assigning people to probation like it was some sick game. Our Lead Company Commander even brought in back up specifically for probation, OS1 Repasi and AET2 Spence. Let’s just say that it didn’t go well for probation would be a very large understatement. We wish our shipmates on probation good luck; they will need every bit that they can get.

Saturday was a day to remember for OSCAR – 198, we didn’t skip a beat. All day OSCAR – 198 was giving their 100% effort. For 80% of the day (in between sweat) we did nothing but practice Manual of Arms and Close Order Drill so we can get as close to perfection as possible. We were told during one of our classes that we would need to report to our units immediately after boot camp graduations, but that’s okay. OSCAR – 198 has devotion to duty and that’s one of the exact things that our Company Commanders, ME2 Burrus, OS1 Aulph, and YN2 Toliver have instilled in us! We will not let them down!

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.


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