Papa 193 Recruit Journal Week 06

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Papa 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: September 27, 2016

Graduates: November 18, 2016
Week 06 Summary


PAPA-193 has transformed this week and the memory eternally engraved in our minds. We began with a fiery vengeance to incinerate the small mistakes that cause our company to go up in flames. In the fleet something as small as not tying a knot correctly or not knowing how to respond can have dire consequences. Therefore, we have no room for error. To start, we were given the responsibility of handling loaded pieces. We were taught how to properly clean them, what to do if they are to become jammed, and how to shoot them. At the firing range we had some recruits who have never touched a piece before, while others were excellent marksmen. The company as a whole did an impressive job, not only with maintaining our military baring, but by getting closer to the target with ever pull of the trigger. In all aspects of our training we will keep improving until we hit the target dead center every time. Through dedication, volume, punctuality, and precision in movement will become second nature to us. In the classroom we were taught the safety protocol on working with chemicals, so we don’t blow ourselves up and have been practicing the inspection ready portion of our manual of arms test. We received our high fidelity pieces, which weigh a significant amount more but we grow stronger every day and will perfect it. On 04Nov16 PAPA-193 truly evolved into a senior company. It began with our helping of the November companies graduation ceremony. As we set up the auditorium and stood watch outside the buildings we were able to experience what it might be like for us two weeks from now. We greeted family members, enlisted personnel, and officers which was excellent practice for when we get out in the fleet. Seeing so many people come to congratulate them and show their respect made every moment in boot camp worth it. To know we will earn our right to become a part of the Coast Guard feels still far in the future but it will be here as fast as an alarm going off and we need to have confidence in our reaction. After, came a true moment of recognition and meaning in our lives. We were marched down a path and as soon as the ground became thick with sand we realized we were standing at the edge of the ocean. We were told to take a long hard look at the vast body of water in front of us. To look at where our lives are heading, at are new office, a place that will constantly challenge us to conquer it. To see who we will become in our moments that will test us. We were told to turn around and were asked if we were ready. We screaming yes and out plain letter P PAPA-193 flag went up in flames as are old ways burned with it. Our true PAPA-193 flag was ours for the taking and we all double timed to it, held it up and screamed PAPA-193 with such volume that our unity could not be denied. We march with pride as our colors lead us into the last battles of boot camp. PAPA-193 will never let our colors be taken or fade. We have never been so alive or a part of a moments so defining. We will never look back as the earth ends and we sail on toward the horizon, until then PAPA-193!



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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