Papa 191 Recruit Journal Week 04

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Papa 191 Recruit Journal

Formed: July 21, 2015

Graduates: September 11, 2015




Week 04, done! We have seen and learned so much this week! From steering boats and performing proper look out duties to the safest ways of dealing with firearms and actually getting to fire them. PAPA-191 started the week with the loss of a few shipmates to the lower companies and gaining some shipmates from the higher companies. The teamwork was almost none existent! We argued with each other, some people took everything as a joke. We poured more sweat than any other company here; at least that’s what it feels like! But hey, we have our very own personal trainers and we are the ones getting paid to work out. We have to look at it that way or we’ll lose our minds!

As the week went by we grew closer, making memories every day! The goods, bads, happys, and sads. We feel it all, and we feel it all together. As a family…. We are PAPA-191. Our Lead Company Commander (PO Dupre) said this week, “It’s time you start living for the other name on your uniform!” We all took that in and finally started living that way! We are the United States Coast Guard, the future! So now our team is a team and the CC’s trust us with a lot more responsibility! We decide how our days play out. If we can get done what we need to get done quickly and quietly, we pick what’s next. Whether it be shining our boots as a team or practicing our marching. Things that are going to actually help us in recruit training. Instead of just sweating and not learning anything other than who can sweat the most.

The respect we have for our Company Commanders now outweighs all the frustration we had at the start of this crazy adventure. They work so hard to keep us in line and teach us what we need to know. And when we fail, we all feel disappointed in ourselves because we know the CC’s are disappointed in us! I think we will be making them proud now though. As long as they keep their jokes to a minimum… They are so funny it’s not even fair. Because if we laugh, out comes the sweat! From Chief Kilduff’s star wars references, or should I say “Chief Kill-stach” as he calls himself. To Petty Officer Martinez’s examples in class or at the squad bay! Ask your coastie at graduation about shipmate Ball’s puppy… if you want to make him or her laugh!

But as week 04 comes to an end, we are now looking forward to what’s next! We think we are ready. We now have our new family together as it should be and the letters from our other families back home. Things are looking bright for PAPA-191! Sure we miss home and our loved ones, but every day here is another day closer to living a dream. So we will stick it out, together.

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.