Papa 190 Recruit Journal Week 05

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Papa 190 Recruit Journal

Formed: October 28, 2014

Graduates: December 19, 2014



Papa-190 – Week 05 Summary



We are officially on the back end now of Recruit Training. We have been taught everything we need to know and now it’s all about execution, teamwork and pure motivation. Our hearts were a little heavy as spending the holidays away from home is not something we are used to yet at this point in our Coast Guard careers. But our sorrows quickly dissipated the second we stepped off for Operation Fireside.

Different families from all over the Cape May and South Jersey adopted all of us for the day. They fed us some righteous Thanksgiving delights that left us full for days. Pun’kin pie, stuffin,’ mashed potatoes and the list goes on (sorry Ma, but I would dare say that it was as good as yours). Beyond the food was the Company and the unbelievable kind hearts that opened their doors to us. It was the first time in a long time we felt like actual members of the human race and my-oh-my did it ever feel good. We also spent some time talking with our families which we miss so much! IT was also an amazing part of the day.

Friday was an enormous day for us as we were issued our orders. All 04 of our Company Commanders escorted us over to the huge bell on the Parade Field. Once they told us where we were headed, we rang that bell and yelled at the top of our lungs where we would spend the next few years. Getting our orders doesn’t mean that we can let our guards down and it doesn’t mean that we are done by any means. If anything, it is now time to put on our game faces and focus on finishing strong. We cannot think at any minute that we’re in the clear… We are under more of a watchful eye than ever, and even the slightest mistakes could get us into trouble.

We made our big move from our original home of James Hall where the junior companies reside, to the intimidating and scary Healy Hall, where the responsible and senior companies live. Now these senior companies are the companies that the new Recruits see and instantly make goals to look like those senior companies. Now that we have made that transition to a senior company, we have to keep our act together at all times, whether it’s in front of the new companies on the Regiment, or in front of the mirror in the head… our military bearing is a huge factor from now on.

This move was a few days ahead of schedule and took the whole company by surprise. We had just about a half an hour to pack up our racks into our seabags in a somewhat organized fashion (which just turned into a complete wreck). We ran all of our belongings as fast as we could across the Company Commander isle way, and into Healy Hall. We grabbed what we could carry as our shipmates dropped bag by bag. Some of us were just overloaded with stuff as we raced in the front of the automatic doors (which were spazzing out due to the amount of people trying to rush in) and then up the stairs. We made our way up the stairs all the way to the top floor of Healy Hall, and began setting up our racks to be ready for inspection at any random time. We were rushed and stressed and are all expected to be nothing less than perfect.

To finalize week 05 of training for Papa-190, we met up with our beloved LCDR Potter! He was with us to answer any questions we had about our new units and stations. He was in a classroom with us for a few hours, then accompanied us to lunch chow, and also stayed to go with us (for the first time) to the Confidence Course (obstacle course). This course was a challenge of mind and physical strength and a test to us. We were able to cheer on our shipmates to have them push themselves to do one obstacle at a time. It was a great way to end the week. All that Papa-190 needs to get through this is the will, power, strength, and knowledge; both physically and mentally. Papa-190 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.