Papa 192 Recruit Journal Week 07

 

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Papa 192 Recruit Journal

Formed: March 1, 2016

Graduates: April 22, 2016

Coast Guard Recruit Company Papa 192 Graduation Program
Week 07

When Papa-192 formed at Sexton Hall, 40 recruits arrived wearing crazy clothes, with crazy haircuts, unshaven faces, and very little to no military bearing. That first Friday we got to meet our Company Commanders. In the Coast Guard Helmsman, it states that your Company Commanders should be the biggest influences on your life, and I can’t think of a more accurate statement.

 

Week 02 was stressful and frantic. Time objectives seemed impossible and were never met, which was followed by sweat… and more sweat… and more sweat. Week 03 was more of the same. Pools of sweat, sore throats, rivers of tears, and still failing most time objectives, with maybe a pass here or there. Week 04 started to bring change. The pace was changed and responsibility was starting to be granted. Time objectives were being made about half the time with double the sweat. Week 05 was all about paying attention to detail and perfecting everything more and more. The consequences grew harsher, and recruits were acting smartly because probation was being issued to some. The physical and mental aspect of that week had intensified greatly keeping the stress level fairly high. Week 06 was definitely our biggest downfall and our company had started to slack off and become complacent. A lot of adjustments had taken place and we were not at the required level of training. This downfall had been noticed, and we paid severely for it.

 

That brings us to Week 07… Week 07 has instilled a feeling of pride that we have never yet felt. It’s remarkable how much change has happened and that we are finally almost done. As we march around loud and proud as the senior company, we can feel the eyes on us. It feels good knowing that we have overcome so much and are able to get to know our Company Commanders better. This week during our off-base liberty, the reality of being a Coastguardsman really hit us. We are held too much higher standards and are respected by so many. It has been so hard but definitely is clearer now why it is so rewarding.

 

Now starting Week 08, those 40 civilians that started at Sexton Hall are unrecognizable. Some were rephrased, some were acquired, but even the originals are unrecognizable from their former selves. Papa-192 is ready for the fleet. We are squared away, and we are determined to succeed.

 

We owe this entire transformation to our Company Commanders. They showed us how to be Coastguardsmen. They showed us how to live the Coast Guard’s core values. We are proud to be Coastguardsmen. We are the United States Coast Guard!

-SR FREETLY and SR BAILEY

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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