Papa 191 Recruit Journal Week 05

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Papa 191 Recruit Journal

Formed: July 21, 2015

Graduates: September 11, 2015

Week 05 Summary

As week 05 comes to an end, we really had some ups and downs. But we are still pressing on. We have lost some brothers and sisters this week to the younger companies. But the ones we have added to the family have been a blessing. From our boring to more exciting classes to the work outs and getting fitted for our dress uniforms… this week has been long and busy. Speaking of our dress blues, wait till you see us on graduation day! We have a good looking company if I do say so myself. Anyway, we even got to give blood this week! Just the first step to PAPA-191’s long road of saving lives.

Friday we participated in November-191’s graduation. It was long and exhausting just standing there. But exciting to be up close to see what is in store for us in a few weeks. Seeing the families go crazy for their Coasties got us pumped! Then nervous… Because the Commandant of the United States Coast Guard was their mentor! And he was walking around base all day. If we didn’t greet him properly, we would be spending a little bit more time in recruit training. It should be easy! But it’s easier for a recruit to just get so choked up and stand and look at him like we just saw a ghost. Don’t ask why, it just happens.

After graduation on Friday we got a nice talk from the Commandant and watched a brand new Coast Guard film about how men and women adapted to the craziness of Hurricane Katrina. It was so eye opening. Yet another thing that just pumped us up! We are all here to make a difference in this country. But after seeing how the Coast Guard can get sucked in to something they have never trained for, and absolutely save the day is amazing.

So today is Saturday and the only thing on our to-do list was the Confidence Course! We have all seen it, and seen other companies train on it and we have all been ordered to not even look at it! But today was the day it was ours! We cheered for all our shipmates and got to test ourselves over these obstacles. Our Company Commanders gave us some encouraging words along the way. With some extras like “Chip, I’m all jacked up on mountain dew!” said Chief Kilduff when our shortest recruit made his way over a rather large obstacle! By the way, if you don’t get that reference, I feel bad for you!

As PAPA-191 finishes up the course, we head to chow and then march to the Oceanside. On the parade field when you come to graduation, you’ll see two cannons to the left. Between them is a bell. Lead Company Commander, Petty Officer Dupre asked us if we wanted to know where we are going, Everyone sounded off louder than ever before! We finally got our orders. Some are on cutters and some on ground stations. But we are all doing the job of; Saving lives! A great end to search and rescue week!

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.