Papa Company 189: Week 03 Journal

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Week 03 has come to an end for PAPA-189. Through the blood, sweat, and tears we are proud to have made it this far with such tough Company Commanders but most of us are grateful for them. We never suspected Coast Guard Boot Camp would be this hard but we knew it would be a challenge that we would have to overcome. Besides who would be proud of something that was easy to obtain? Bragging rights are earned through hard work and dedication which we know is the main reason Chief Duncan has been pushing us so hard. We were informed not too long ago about “Master Chief Berry’s Physical Fitness Test.” It’s an extremely vigorous challenge that not many companies have earned in the past which is why it’s such a prestigious award and so sought after by all the Company Commanders. If our company passes the test as a whole we can parade the ribbon around the regiment on our banner (and have lots of bragging rights of course). We are losing more shipmates to reversion at a faster rate just like our Company Commanders foreshadowed in earlier weeks of training but we are coming together as a team and things are starting to smooth out. We’re louder than we were beforehand even when we’ve lost about 10 recruits estimated. This week we’ve hit some milestones like using these wetsuits known as “Mustangs”. Mustangs are used by mostly all Coast Guardsmen. When you enter the water with the mustangs some water gets into the suit and is heated up by your body heat keeping you warm. The suits also keep you afloat, they’re perfect for life-saving situations and we were taught exactly how to use them by the Cape May swimming instructors. As for the academic classes PAPA-189 is having a tough time staying awake in class due to the night watch that just started. Each recruit has a schedule for when he/she is supposed to maintain a perimeter around the regiment. Each watch is about 2 hours long after bedtime (as if we didn’t get enough sleep as it is) but that’s reality. It’s what we will have to do in the fleet and we need to train before we take on the real deal and actually have our shipmate’s lives in our hands. All-in-all we are all excited and eager as a company to work out the kinks and better ourselves for the last half of our training here at Cape May.
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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