Papa 193 Recruit Journal Week 03

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Papa 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: September 27, 2016

Graduates: November 18, 2016


This week was our third week in training. It has been a roller coaster for Papa-193. Most of us are so tired we fall asleep standing up. Our Company Commanders have been on us constantly like a pack of hungry wolves all week as we continue to make the same dumb mistakes. They tell us if you are going to be dumb you will be strong. We were also told to learn from our mistakes and we will succeed. Fire! Fire! Fire! are three words we’ve grown to hate because it equals incentive training until we start doing things right. Every day it seems we are still screwing up.


The beginning of the week we got to try on survival suits and jump into the pool. Let’s just say that is the only time this week we had to relax on our backs other than the little bit of sleep we get each night. Most of this week was filled with Seamanship classes which were pretty cool. We learned deck seamanship skills, helm and lookout simulator and how to tie knots. We also received our military ID’s.


Since day one we were told to have integrity. Senior Chief Pace also said have devotion to duty, do the right thing at all times because it is the right thing to do. We didn’t listen to that advise because we came back from an all day Seamanship class to Chief Bennett, Petty Officer Gera, Petty Officer Dupre and Petty Officer McCall who were waiting like hungry dogs to do an inspection of our rucksacks. We were told to never write letters outside of authorized times in our squad bays but some shipmates wrote unauthorized letters at Seamanship. We all paid in sweat for not following orders. We are all trying to hone our skills as recruits but fall short of the standard expected by our Company Commanders. Hopefully we can get our act together and start doing things right. Until then Papa-193 is still here and training on.


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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