Recruit Journal Papa 189 Week: 02

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Recruit Journal Papa 189 Week: 02
Formed: March 25, 2014
Graduates: May 16, 2014

Arrival at training center Cape May was nerve-racking for everyone in PAPA-189. First thing we learned before we got off that bus was how to make a sandwich, a Sir/Ma’am sandwich. The first words that will come out of your mouths will be sir or Ma’am and the last will be Sir or Ma’am.

All of us were tired the first couple nights even though we didn’t do much besides get screamed at and fill out paperwork but indoc weekend came in way too soon and it was “game on” from there. We were introduced to our three company commanders; Chief Cain, Chief Carson, and our lead company commander Chief Duncan. We were moved out of Sexton Hall and into our new home, James Hall. Right off the bat our CC’s gave us a little taste of what was in store in the near future by destroying us with push-ups, crunches, squats, and flutter kicks.

Even the best athletes of PAPA-189 don’t look so tough now that the company commanders got to us. Every morning we are woken up before the sun rises in the harsh weather and destroyed by our CC’s with Incentive Training (I.T.). We finally got our uniforms with our names on them. It was defiantly a motivation booster for PAPA-189.

Chow is bitter sweet. Sweet for the good homemade food, bitter because when we are finished we get pulled into the “Shark Tank”. The CC’s pick out people to ask questions and you must respond correctly! Normally after chow we have some sort of class on subjects like; Saluting, Antiterrorism, or Stress Management. When we are not in class or chow we are in I.T. sessions. Whether it’s holding up our water canteens for what seems to be long hours or holding our pieces in “sniper position”.

While doing all this PAPA Company is in the fight against the “Cape May Crud”. Left and right recruits are losing their voices and coming down with a bug. Another downer in the week is that we lost 07 recruits, but we gained 07 from other companies. On the positive side and the ending to week 02 we finally received letters and got to write a couple ourselves. The letters are what is keeping our heads held high, SO KEEP THEM COMING!

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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