Papa 191 Recruit Journal Week 03

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Papa 191 Recruit Journal

Formed: July 21, 2015

Graduates: September 11, 2015


The glorious Week 03. Every day of every week has brought pain, disdain, and yet a reason to train. We started out this week by taking part in an eventful parade held on Training Center Cape May. On August fourth, it was the birthday of the United States Coast Guard and a day worth commemorating. All of the rich history the Coast Guard has to offer was told in a class on the day as well just to be sure nothing was left out of knowing the importance of the day. This third week of recruit training was momentous with progress and a lot of new responsibilities left to PAPA Company to hurdle. Starting the week off young with a parade reminded everyone for a moment what it was like outside of recruit training and into the real world. It was a fond opportunity to the shipmates of PAPA Company to display their marching rifle movements to an audience consisting of so many faces from the public world. Marching, however, was becoming something more too many, because now they could volunteer to march the company themselves and call all of the movements, as part of the job package entails. The latest and newest place of the week for PAPA Company is a place by the bay where everyone found themselves marching to one afternoon on a hazy day. It was a building, full with historical Coast Guard memories on display and things such as scaled replicas of Coast Guard cutters and examples of the many knots Coast Guardsmen learn to tie. In this place is where the class for seamanship would begin. This class was, safe to say, full of new lessons that would follow the shipmates of PAPA their entire career. Many things were covered, such as nautical terms, proper verbiage for identifying sides and directions of any Coast Guard cutter. We even got to test out a simulation of navigating a boat. There was a lot of knot tying that went with this class, and not just the one you use to tie your shoes! A lot of work went into the lessons and memorizing them but it’s all in a day’s work at this place. Much of what this busy week had to offer left everyone eager to al last learn more. Seaman Recruit Kaufman remarked this in saying, “Getting to a new week with things to train in is one of the best things I’ve looked forward to.” It’s a shared experience as we rise and fall, but we all get to see each other take on this transition together. The stops along the way that pave the experience that everyone here discovers are what keep eagerness in everyone. A moment such as the celebratory parade at the beginning of the week. Even that had a lasting impression clearly on many. It is as Seaman Recruit Tubisak had told about it, “It took our minds away from all the fears and tears for a moment and reminded me why I want to serve.” The voices of PAPA 191 have been exchanged and though back and forth and the days up and down the only direction to keep going is forward.

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.