Papa 190 Recruit Journal Week 07

International Maritime Signal Flag Papa

International Maritime Signal Flag Papa

 

Papa 190 Recruit Journal

Formed: October 28, 2014

Graduates: December 19, 2014

 

The week of transition began small but ended with a bang. Monday began the week with classroom instruction and then a practical on CPR. Petty Officer LaFrance, and HS1, taught us a lot of basic knowledge with CPR and first aid. That was the highlight of our day so-to-speak, as there was nothing more to come in the day except some administrative time to work out more details for our next duty station and travel plans with family members.

Tuesday started with some extra pride for the soon-to-be most senior Company on the Regiment. Papa-190 was awarded the seamanship pennant to attach to the Company Guidon. That was only awarded to us due to our average of all the seamanship mid-term and final scores. We wanted the pennant, and we got it!

Wednesday was our outward appearance transition. The males in Papa-190 got their hair cut into the senior Company look of a military style “high-and-tight.” This gave us even another reason to smile big on the inside, as we now are expected to set the example for the rest of the junior Companies on the Regiment. We know that the other Companies keep their eyes on us, and that they’re setting goals to look and act like us when their time comes.

The week ended as it began with basic classes and more administrative time. We did see a few more serious events however. This started with a “Captain’s Mast,” which is definitely not something you want to be on the receiving end of. Long story short, it’s a type of punishment that’s like a modified trial by jury… except this is a trial by Commanding Officer; which happens to be a Captain here on the Training Center. Saving the details of the Captain’s Mast, it was an eye opener for the 02 senior Companies that were permitted to attend. Ask us about the details when you see us this Friday!

The weekend began with stress but quickly transitioned over into a highly un-stressful time. Our final exams were nothing we could not handle. We did a good job! The afternoon of Friday was something we were most worried about; the Close Order Drill and Manual of Arms tests. Our Section Commander graded our Company in our ability to execute these movements. We received high marks in both tests. Our Lead Company Commander told us he was very proud of us, but we felt like we could have done better. Immediately following the test came the realization of just how quickly this week would be passing us by. The Company flag was run up the Regimental flag pole, and as it rose to the top, so did our pride and desire to continue to give maximum effort moving into the last week of training. Some of our faces could not hold back the smiles.

To wrap up week 07, we were all granted off-base liberty. It was not a time for breaking military bearing. It was a test to see how well we could handle ourselves in public while wearing the uniform. We all enjoyed ourselves while enjoying the company of our shipmates. Our families were all glad to hear from us once again. Off-base liberty took up the whole day on Saturday. We were basically free to do what we wanted as long as we stayed within 50 miles of the base and kept common sense and military bearing in mind while we were out and about.

As the last week of training begins for us, we must still remember it’s not over until it’s over. But it’s pretty close! In the last 02 months, the individuals who ran off the bus have slowly transitioned into a highly effective team of basically trained Coast Guard men and women. The sense of pride we feel in Papa-190 right now is perfect, and no one can take that away from us. Through all the tough spots we experienced as a Company, such as loosing 12 shipmates in week 06 of training due to reversion/rephasal, we overcame all obstacles and moved forward. In the end, we all listed to the wise words of Jedi Master Yoda. Trying was never an option… we did, or did not.

 

We are Pah-Pah One-Niner-Zero!

 

Coast Guard Recruit Company Papa 190 Graduation Program

 

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.

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