Papa 191 Recruit Journal Week 02

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Papa 191 Recruit Journal

Formed: July 21, 2015

Graduates: September 11, 2015




Riding on a bus with strangers has never been as suspenseful as it did on the night of 21JULY15. We were like sheep headed to the slaughterhouse, blind to our destination yet walking into the unknown regardless. After a few days of administrative processing, medical processing, and basic uniform issue we were ready to be formed into our company PAPA-191. It was time for us to finally meet our Company Commanders who would train us for the next 8 weeks. Our Lead Company Commander Petty Officer Dupre and Assistant Company Commanders Chief Kilduff, Chief Kaseman, and Petty Officer Martinez would forge into training with yelling and making us move fast. We were rushed up ladder wells (stairs) to our new squad bays (rooms) and it began. We were inundated with required knowledge and Coast Guard terminology; we did our best to adapt to the constant chaotic changes. If you were not moving fast enough we would be sent off and have to yell move faster shipmates. Every morning we would get time for morning coffee, but this is not the coffee we were used to. Coffee at recruit training is Incentive Training (push-ups, crunches, squats and flutter kicks). With lots of failed time objectives and lack of military bearing brought about more sweat spilled and more incentive training. Then came Sunday, a time to have some down time “Divine Hours”, some went to worship services, some spent time getting uniforms ready, racks made and reading rules and regulations, we could also write letters. Naturally this was the fastest 5 hours ever. In the wake of sweat, disciplining, and military drill a week had already gone by. PAPA-191 is slowly figuring out what needs to happen in recruit training. Take is chow to chow, day by day, week to week. So far it’s been 2 weeks in paradise, but paradise can turn upside down really quick. So can our squad bays and all the stuff in them, another lesson learned at recruit training. PAPA-191 is on to week 03 with heads held high and emotions running strong, and fatigue at an all time high, at least tomorrow morning we will get our morning coffee!



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.