Papa 190 Recruit Journal Week 04

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Papa 190 Recruit Journal

Formed: October 28, 2014

Graduates: December 19, 2014




As another week blows past us, we think to ourselves “we are half way done”. Although it does not seem like we have made a giant transformation, we are beginning to form as a company and the team work and responsibilities of all the company Petty Officers are paying off bit by bit…but slow and steady wins the race, right? WRONG!!!! In recruit training, it’s “be quick and flawless” or “don’t do something till you get it right, but until you can’t get it wrong” or do or do not, there is no try” or even “be bulletproof PAPA!”; All of those quotes pertain keys to success at recruit training. Whether or not PAPA-190 will use them all to unlock the door that blocks our way to graduation depends on the entire company.

For PAPA-190, week 04 was more of a study week and the week where we all knew it was half way over. Sure just because we are studying our butts off for our midterm exams does not mean we were not prepping hard for our week 04 physical fitness test. This was very important to us. We did a lot of ground pushing to help with the pushups. Flutter kicks and crunches helped out our sit ups. And the company runs helped out our run time. Although, at the time it didn’t seem like preparation, but merely punishment, it all helped. Our “dream sheets” were a pretty big eye opener, and motivational kick in the rear as we realized what we were submitting would soon change our lives.

It was more of a mental relief to know that our halfway check point has been reached and we just look at it in our rear view mirrors. What else can we do except prepare for the next big wave, and word on the regiment is…this wave is going to hit us hard. Just always remember…Do or do not, there is no try!



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.