Papa 192 Recruit Journal Week 06

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Papa 192 Recruit Journal

Formed: March 1, 2016

Graduates: April 22, 2016

Week 06


This week had some unexpected twists that led to a lot of sweating for the company. It felt as if our higher standards and level of responsibility had an opposite effect on us for a short while. Rather than us taking these rights and privileges and using them to our advantage, some of us grew complacent. As we arranged our traveling situations and began buying tickets, the excitement for our first units thickened. This is the first adventure for many of us and although it may seem scary, we know there are many resources located at our units to help us transition comfortably.


On the physical side of recruit training, this week we got a small taste of a motivational bike workout with one of our Company Commanders. This was really needed for our company and left us feeling more confident in ourselves and fellow shipmates. This did not continue the following day – for our company failed at watch duties that night which is not acceptable. The next day, we faced the consequences and walked to chow in a very humiliating way. As we walked to chow with our hands in our pockets and our heads down, we stood out in a bad way and not as a senior company. Not only were we humiliated, we also were faced with the Oh so familiar “pack your sea bags.” No one likes to hear these words, and we heard them one too many times this week. After passing our full sea bags and being incentively trained, we finally had some time to practice with our pieces. This offering of practice time is greatly sought after and crucial because next week we take our test on Close Order Drill and Manual of Arms. With lots of knowledge being embedded into us and expectations rising rapidly, this week really dictated whether we are able to continue training or required to remain being treated like a Week 03 company.


An experience that stood out this week was our fire fighting practical. This practical was both exciting and intense, and raised the awareness of recruits. As the week came to an end, Papa-192 could not stop thinking about our on-base liberty and could not wait for Saturday to arrive. What we did not know is that we would be earning our colors on this day as well. As we hectically scrambled about, our Company Commanders and Lead Company Commander instructed us to retrieve heavy pieces and rushed us in a very confusing manner to the beach. As we ran in the sand with pieces in-hand, we came to a halt and began working out. At this moment, many of us had no idea what to expect next, and were very surprised by our next command. As we turned around, there were our company colors posted in the sand. We all ran to it and began jumping in sync shouting “Papa-192” and reciting the Coast Guard Ethos. This was a moment, I will never forget and a feeling of pride for us all.


Now that we have our colors, we are allowed to sing cadence on the regiment. Marching and shouting for others to hear felt awesome. The very end of this week was, of course, the most rewarding as we got to tour the cutters and boat station here at Cape May, and we were granted our on-base liberty. As we dressed our best and received our cell phones, all of us enjoyed this time. Let’s hope all of the junk food we are does not catch up to us tomorrow. May this rewarding feeling motivate us to act right and push us to be the ultimate example for other companies.







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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