Papa 192 Recruit Journal Week 04

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Papa 192 Recruit Journal

Formed: March 1, 2016

Graduates: April 22, 2016


Week 04


Week 04 has been very drawing, but quite the wake-up call for our company. Many recruits from other companies have joined, and few have left. It really shows us what we need to be on top of and how we can avoid being reverted as much as possible. Of course, it is not impossible and can take place at any time for any one of us. Majority of the company did pass both the physical test and the midterm exam. And, yes, we finally earned coffee privileges starting tomorrow.


The further we go on this journey, the more real and serious it feels. We are being held accountable, starting next week, to stand watch in Sexton Hall. This is where all new recruits process in; where we were living when we first arrived. Going back in there also reminded us that the weeks are passing, no matter how slow the days seem to go by.


Overall, this week was very busy. We took a series of tests, chose our dream sheets, got our military identification cards, and, of course, passed sea bags – over and over again. As we try to settle down, we must not lose our ambition – for as our Company Commander warned us, “Now is not a good time to get comfortable.” Rather than thinking that since we are one week closer, it is important to know that we still have to push ourselves and work together more. It is nice to see recruits helping out one another. Being lazy and selfish is absolutely not tolerated here and those who demonstrate this are seen and called out. One thing that our Lead Company Commander said that really stood out was that “There is only one PAPA-192 company, so be proud and look good.” This is so true. Each company has its very own ways, strengths, and weaknesses. It is up to us to find those aspects within, eliminate the weaknesses, and balance the rest. The main issue we are having is not being quick enough. It is absurd how fast time flies during our quick breaks, and how slow it goes during an intense sweat session.


At this point in training PAPA-192 is definitely not at their sharpest, and can’t get too excited for the following week. All we can do is try harder, be quicker, and be ready for anything being ordered our way.




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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