Papa 190 Recruit Journal Week 03


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Papa 190 Recruit Journal

Formed: October 28, 2014

Graduates: December 19, 2014


Papa-190 – Week 03 Summary

Week 03 brings forth the plague… in every way, shape and form. Sharing tight spaces, changes in weather, and changes to schedule has done nothing but get the best of us. The week began with our Survival Float Test, which we used standard issue Coast Guard “Mustang” suits for. We also learned a couple techniques on staying warm and how to increase survivability if disaster were to strike.

Monday of week 03 began (what we think could be) a phase of teamwork. Sure, it’s not all there, maybe not even one-third of it, but it will come in time… so we really hope. As Veterans Day rolled into full force, the base held a small ceremony with some Veterans whom have proudly served our country along with Officers of the U.S. Coast Guard. The companies on base were able to attend the short, but very meaningful ceremony.

Wednesday was the first day that it seemed we were actually working together as a team; working hard and working loud. We did an intense circuit training session with Petty Officer Razoyk and our hearts were racing! If only we could begin to carry that morale day in, and day out… because as for now we are failing and we are failing hard. With that being said, don’t think that our “almost teamwork” got rewarded. Rather, it was punished due to that first word… “almost,” which or course is not good enough.

Along with all of this brought another week of classes. Our classes entailed some exciting history of the U.S. Coast Guard. If you have time, then the members of Papa-190 insist that you do some research into the most diverse military branch in the United States. Although our hardy classes brought some interesting knowledge for us, it seemed like the deck just kept getting closer and closer to us. So we just kept pushing and pushing it with little positive outcome for us.

Some of the workouts come with some extra motivation. On an early morning workout with the entire company, we really experienced some motivation from those around us. In the workout in the SA William R. Flores Gymnasium (look up SA Flores, he is a historic figure) we all began to work off of each other’s sweat and loud voices as we all began to chant to increase our spirits; and it worked! “Who are we?!,” screams one of our shipmates. “Pah-Pah, one-niner-zero,” screams the rest of the company! “Get louder shipmates!!” “Aye, aye shipmate!!”

As the day progressed, and seemingly enough, our motivation just evaporated. Our loud voices turned into whispers, and our quick feet moved like they had guerilla glue on the bottoms (we paid for that don’t worry). But one thing that was more-or-less an eye opener for us to move quick and be loud was the dreaded “R” word. No the one you’re thinking of, but the “Recruit Aptitude and Motivation Program;” R.A.M.P. The dreaded one and a half hour “training session” where your feet never stop moving an your mouths are always yelling, “RAMP, RAMP, RAMP…” It made those who first experienced the program realize that those senior companies who march around the base with pride, more than likely got it from RAMP, and if we want that pride, we’re going to have to work hard, long and together as a company to obtain it.

Prizes don’t come easy at Basic Training. If you want to be the best you can be, it takes a strong mind set to push yourself well past your limits and in order to push ourselves to the limits, we need to just keep pushing the ground (and we certainly will)!! At the ending part of the week, we had an eye opener. Put this into perspective… do you really believe 57 people can get undressed, showered, shaved (for men), hair gelled (for females) and dressed in less than 10 minutes? Neither did we, until we did it. It all depends on just how much we want it. If we don’t try our hardest at all times, we will fail continuously.

So another week closes as yet another begins. We know we still have a lot of learning to do, but we don’t know how quickly we could possibly get all of this done. Will we spend all week doing what’s best for ourselves and sweat for it or will we come together as a team and not sweat as much for those mistakes? Only the week will tell! Pah-Pah, 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.