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Papa 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: September 27, 2016

Graduates: November 18, 2016

This week was the start of the real deal basic training for all of us. We met the five Company Commanders who will critique our every move for the remainder of this journey at Cape May. Let’s start with the highlights; it began with our Company Commanders taking an oath to dedicate themselves to the evolution of training this company. The incentive/physical training began immediately, we like to call it sweat time. We’ve done more push-ups than we have ever done in our lives. Morning, afternoon and night it hasn’t stopped. Between classes, getting our pieces, swimming and the dreaded fire, fire, fire at reveille. Sounds of sirens and whistles ring in our ears as our CC’s tell us to move faster. Hurry up! Papa!! PAPA-193 hasn’t had time to process what exactly is happening. The biggest struggle meeting the time objectives and when we don’t meet them we sweat for it. As a whole, being the biggest company on the regiment there are a lot of us so learning to move faster and that every second counts is a struggle. This coming week we will have to figure out how to bring 125 people together to get things done quickly and as a team. The luxury of privacy is nonexistent. Throughout this process we will all be stripped of our civilian habits and replacing them with military one’s. We are not only physically exhausted but mentally as well. We are being put through the wringer, but we are learning more and more of ourselves daily and what we are capable of. Many came to Cape May with a level of comfort and ability that has already been crushed. The company of PAPA-193 is slowly being sculpted into the men and women we will need to be several weeks from now. We can only hope that all of us survive this roller coaster ride!

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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