Oscar 198 Recruit Journal Week 05

International Maritime Signal Flag Oscar

It’s here! The final week for OSCAR – 198! Now or Never! Do or Die! Sounds dramatic, but this week was really all about crunch time. We had a wild agenda this week. It started with calling our units and receiving additional information about our orders. It has been quite the challenge with COVID – 19, but we are all doing our best to adapt. There is NO time to slow down! Let me say though, I was proud of my shipmates. I overheard some of the conversations my fellow shipmates were having with their new chiefs. They sounds calm, cool and collected, yet had tones that expressed a balance of confidence and respect. Maybe some of the training is starting to sink in. Our company is finding its pride. It strange though (to be completely honest) and I know my fellow shipmates would agree. It has been very hard for us to find unity and motivation. We not only needed to find that motivation, but keep it.

We received our colors this week. As we raised the OSCAR 198 bold yellow and bright red flag high, we jumped and took our voices to new heights. Thick, tangible energy surrounded us all in that moment, but we let that moment slip. Each of us had moments of laziness and that is unacceptable. Those moments added up and our Company Commanders require our all; our 100%, 100% of the time. That is what the Coast Guard requires and that is what the people require. OSCAR – 198 had to tape up the colors we earned. We had to cover that beautiful flag. We were not ready. We need to, as a company, have a “come to Jesus” moment. Our Company Commanders left it up to us. It was our job to find that fuel for our fire. It took a few days; we paid our dues. We finally found that fire through us by motivating one another through blood, sweat and tears.

OSCAR – 198 “leveled up” this week as far as team work. The self is starting to fade. We participated in quite a few team building/reliance activities. One of which was the survival floatation class. We put on full body suits and held each other’s wrists in small groups. As we floated around the pool, wrist to wrist, it was hard not to imagine a scenario in the ocean with waves rushing over us and how much a difference it makes with the thought of facing that alone verses having a shipmate by my side.

As the days passed we progressed as a unit; learning to listen to one another and play off each other’s strengths. We took a leadership class which focused on how to be a good follower in order to truly become the best leader. Honor, Respect and Devotion to Duty is essential to save lives. We went more in depth with the history of the Coast Guard. We talked about the founding father, Alexander Hamilton, Douglas Munro and many others who became inspirations and building blocks of the Coast Guard. After that class, we definitely felt even more committed and connected to the mission. We also received our tropical blues and dress uniforms. Petty Officer Aulph gave us the run down on how to properly blouse so that we look pristine, professional and ready for the fleet. All the little pieces, all the detail slowly came together for OSCAR -198. Graduation is days away and this journey for OSCAR – 198 has been a wild ride, but in the words of a fellow coastie, “As the world is shutting down, Oscar is showing up,” we are ready. We are proud. We are OSCAR -198.

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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