Papa 189 Recruit Journal: Week 04

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Formed: March 25, 2014
Graduates: May 16, 2014

The days here are long but the weeks are flying by. It feels as if we’ve been here for months. One shipmate said (I’m sure the others agree) “It feels as if we’re never going to leave here.” Throughout the we week seamanship has taken up more of our schedule than any other class. Which is a good thing. PAPA company looks forward to seamanship every time we see it in our daily schedule even if the class takes up most of the day. We learn the inside and outside of boats. Knot tying, Helms commands, deck structures, dock structures, you name it. Other than seamanship we went to the shooting range. Unfortunately for us the old range was shut down so we had to use a virtual shooting range. Very realistic, just little to no recoil from the replica P229R-DAK that we used. This week we also got our individual pictures taken in the Coast Guard dress uniforms. It was fulfilling to see ourselves in what we will be wearing on graduation day which seems so far away at this point. But unfortunately we don’t get to see our portraits till graduation day. The moment we’ve all been looking forward to this week came and we got to fill in our dream sheets. Dream sheets are a list of the top districts we want to be placed to work for our first duty whether that be a small boat station, sector, air station, or cutter. The week ended on a good note, we nailed our midterm that has been haunting our minds since the beginning of the week. That marks the halfway point of our training. With that being said PAPA has matured and improved a lot more since the past couple of weeks we were here. We’re still making small mistakes and the Company Commanders are still destroying us as if they were treason but it’s their job to “sweat the crazy” out of us. Chief Carson especially but at least he gave us a legitimate reason as to why he (and our other company commanders) are so hard on us compared to other company’s Company Commanders. Chief Carson gave us insight that the little mistakes sometimes mean the most. He read off a list of casualties from incidents that totally could have been avoided but from lack of attention to detail, people have lost their lives. What he was trying to get across to us was that we need to pay attention to detail. THE LITTLE THINGS MATTER, no matter how small they might be.

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.