Papa 192 Recruit Journal Week 02

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Papa 192 Recruit Journal

Formed: March 1, 2016

Graduates: April 22, 2016


Week 02: What a week, what a week…


We started it by meeting our Company Commanders, big men with big voices. Their expectations are high; one mistake and you are on the floor pushing the deck and literally turning your body into sweat. You can scream until your face turns red and they will still be right there screaming right back, “Louder. Louder.” Their voices cause a tremble, and you almost mess yourself when they are b-lining right at you yelling your name.


When they aren’t melting you with sweat, the Company Commanders are our biggest teachers. From general orders to piece nomenclature, they provide knowledge, and like 45 little sponges we must soak it all up. With this command, there is only one way to skin a cat and it’s their way or the highway, Jack. Also, this week all recruits marched around every step and building of TRACEN Cape May. If I didn’t know any better, I would swear that this place is the size of the entire state of New Jersey.


Boot camp has officially started and is well underway. The food is amazing; the facilities are top notch; the Company Commanders are as mean as advertised; and the days are long. We, as recruits, must always have our reasons for joining in our minds and our hearts. Quitting is easy but rising to the challenge is what will make us into Coast Guard men and women.



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.







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One Response

  1. Lori Baldwin Ellis says:

    I’m so glad to finally hear an update. I am so proud of my son, SR Blevins for taking on this challenge to find a rewarding and awesome career as a United States Coast Guardsman! We are all cheering amd rooting for Papa 192!! Graduation gets closer after everyday. We are praying for you all and counting the days down until we get to watch you all graduate and give big hugs (with tears in our eyes and our chests stuck out proud) and say congratulations! Papa 192 did it! Stay strong and you all got this!!!