Papa 191 Recruit Journal Week 07

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Papa 191 Recruit Journal

Formed: July 21, 2015

Graduates: September 11, 2015


Talk about time flying by! Week 07 is over! We are “THE” company on base and we are on a Coast Guard high! 0500 wake up all week with the company working diligently on our one hour watch shifts. Teamwork and family! Taking charge of our days. Our days are still long but when it comes time to hit the rack…we have no idea where the time went! Well Monday, we started off with a class on hazing. Getting some funny and not so funny stories from Petty Officer Dupre from his day of being under way. Soon we will have our own stories! Then the CPR began. No one actually needed it, we just learned about it! And practice on dummies. Interesting, but the A/C in the classroom wasn’t working. That was one stinky room! Tuesday and Wednesday were filled with line handling and more line handling. Not that were complaining, lots of class time is less time that we could be getting yelled at! We got to work with actual line outside instead of falling asleep in class. Then we got a fresh haircut! Thursday we got to meet the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard and all the command Master Chiefs from all over the states. Then got to ask them a bunch of questions about what our future has in store for us and they treated us like we already graduated. They made it easier for us to talk to a much higher pay grade! When here during a normal day, we call Chief Kilduff, Cheese Kill-Stuff! Then we signed our orders… It just got real! So pumped, PAPA-191 is going crazy! It just can’t come soon enough! And Friday we stood behind another company, as our shipmates got advanced for the first time in their careers! We just stand there, legs pounding from being as stiff as boards! Bugs wagging at our faces and we can’t swat them. But, 01 more week and will be that sharp dressed company being advanced and cheered for! We also took our final exam and marching/manual of arms test. I think we made our CC’s proud! And if they are proud…we feel like rock stars. It’s crazy how you can respect someone so much in just eight weeks. Petty Officer Dupre, Chief Kilduff, Chief Kaseman and Petty Officer Martinez are the four hardest workers any PAPA recruit has ever seen! But it’s funny how they don’t even have to try to make us laugh, but it happens every single day. Families, we are going to have some awesome stories for you next weekend! But the highlight of the week… Saturday’s off base liberty! Lots of laughs, talking and junk food. We had people thank us for a service and even pay for our food! This uniform is more than a uniform! It’s an honor and a privilege to wear! Though there are people out there who disagree with our missions… Like the ones who threw the donut at our shipmates who were minding their own business! Anyway, we didn’t let that ruin our moods! “Adapt and overcome” says Petty Officer Dupre and we will, always! One more week Papa, one more week!!

Coast Guard Recruit Company Papa 191 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.