Papa 192 Recruit Journal Week 05

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Papa 192 Recruit Journal

Formed: March 1, 2016

Graduates: April 22, 2016

Week 05


Wow! What a week it has been. Through all of the stress and barriers, we did have some excitement. As the week began with strict inspections and higher expectations, Papa-192 lost and gained recruits, which is very rough to witness. We got our first unit orders, which led to a series of emotions. With this information, a lot of our class time has been focused on our first steps in arriving to our units, which definitely instills a sense of anxiousness in all of us. Even though we felt uplifted for a brief moment, this was quickly replaced with the fact that we are not done proving ourselves.

Where we remain now needs improvement. We are taught here that there is always room for improvement. As a senior company, we are expected to march, sound off, and exemplify a Week 05 company. If we do not seem ready for these expectations, we are held back from training. Simply repeat our mistakes and remain being disciplined accordingly. As we settle into our new living quarters this week, we must stay focused and not become complacent. We have been told that many companies get comfortable in their later weeks, which ultimately does not make training any better. As we close another week, there is no knowing how the next week will be. It seems so unexpected even though it is up to us whether or not it is used wisely. Our stress levels don’t seem to be increasing too rapidly for the most part, but our responsibilities are. The physical aspect of training is becoming more surreal each week. For example, today we received our high fidelity service rifles, which are heavy.

From here on out, it is our time to really prove ourselves as PAPA-192. Not only to gain privileges and progress, but that we are closer to being ready to step out into the fleet soon. Hopefully our upcoming week will give us the opportunity to improve and will not feel like Week 05 did – for it was exhausting…


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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