Papa 190 Recruit Journal – Week 02

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Papa 190 Recruit Journal

Formed: October 28, 2014

Graduates: December 19, 2014


12 long days have passed since 28OCT14 and long is not an understatement. That night brought just under 70 different adults aged 17 to 30 together. Those people came from all around the United States from Puerto Rico to Guam and places in between. The differences of all of us were quickly washed away as we all became the newest forming company at Training Center Cape May. Those next few days were the beginning of a very difficult transition in our lives. We only began to learn the basics such as be quick, loud and proud. (which we are still constantly working on). The first few days in training did not entail us meeting our company commanders, but got us prepped and ready for the moment of truth. Captain Prestidge asked us numerous times if we were ready and honestly I am not sure if any one of us knew what was in store. We were shortly thereafter introduced to our company commanders who were intimidating to look at and even more intimidating to hear, were easy to put our faith into. Chief Hollenbeck our section commander informed us that he believed that we had one of the strongest groups of company commanders….ever. With that in mind our official training had begun. Our company commanders stood before us and took an oath that said they would keep us safe but test our limits. Within the first few days of training our limits would be tested. The night of Halloween began a new stage for us. We got a new home and suddenly found out that we would be pushing the deck a lot more and squats and flutter kicks were soon to follow. Now we had formed into the new company of PAPA-190. As we formed, the simple things we were so used to doing back at home, seemed to be so much harder. We were throwing cloths on our bodies after taking the quickest showers of our lives. In an attempt to meet seemingly impossible (yet somehow very possible) time objectives. Although most things we are tasked to do are impossible to complete if done individually, they can be met with ease if done with teamwork. Although our company doesn’t know each other very well as a whole we do get along and will continue to build off of that. As Sunday of week 01 rolls around and marks the end of the so called “Indoc Weekend”. Sunday entails our divine hours which allowed us to square away our racks. Get an inspection ready uniform good to go and to send a post card home. (we’re hoping you got it) As divine hours come and go we begin our routine of push-ups, sit-ups and flutter kicks all over again. The evening of Sunday was our first look at company responsibility. We either volunteered for company petty officer positions (such as yeoman, watch coordinators and squad leaders) or we were voluntold.

The beginning of week 02 began just that…. Another week. The days came way too soon as we seemed to be spending more time on the cold concrete than our warm racks, due to our inability to meet simple time objectives. As our capabilities of meeting such time objectives grew smaller, the punishments being distributed by Chief executive punisher Brost grew in numbers. As our week progressed so did our basic knowledge and responsibilities. We also obtained our pieces which is another proud moment for us. As the week grinds to a bitter end we got to meet our company mentor Lieutenant Commander Potter (yes as in Harry Potter) came to visit us for the first time for a few hours. Mr. Potter is a graduate from the Coast Guard Academy and flew as a pilot for numerous life saving operations. When he was around us we felt at ease. He talked to us like normal people and we were able to do the same. He was able to answer our questions. Our second week draws to an end but training and team work are just hitting their toddler stages. PAPA-One Niner Zero Out!!


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.