Papa 193 Recruit Journal Week 07

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Papa 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: September 27, 2016

Graduates: November 18, 2016

Coast Guard Recruit Company Papa 193 Graduation Program

Week 07 Summary


PAPA-193 is now the senior company. We have been broken down and built back up to this moment. We are ready, not only to be an example to the junior companies and set a high standard but to transition into the Coast Guard. We signed our orders and as the blue ink officiated our signatures, we couldn’t help feel a swell of pride that we were at this point. Training is not over and we will continue to give our mind and body entirely to complete with honor and integrity. Part of our devotion to duty is being prepared twenty four hours, seven days a week. Our lack of sleep is an important part of our training, in the fleet we could be called out on a mission in the middle of a night and our minds need to know how to react while affected by sleep deprivation. This week we were taught first aid and CPR training. We were briefed on how to handle burns, unconscious victims, broken bones, seizures, and hypothermia. At any moment we could be the only thing standing in the way of life and death for any of these conditions. We cannot stress enough how important our motto, Semper Paratus, Always Ready is. PAPA-193 had the privilege of experiencing Veterans Day at Training Center Cape May and it was an honor being part of the ceremony. All of the companies surrounded the mast and as the twenty on gun salute concluded the ceremony, we thought about all of the fallen men and woman who served putting others before themselves. After, we were able to talk to veterans one on one. We listened as they told their legacies of their time served. We were inspired by all they have done for this country and we will maintain the path they have paved for us. We also participated in the Cape May Soleman for Character 5K run in memory of a fallen marine and being able to be a part of the run to show our respect was a great experience. Then we dressed up in our service dress blues and took our company photo with our company commanders. As the camera took the photo we felt a part of a moment in our history and knew that this was the photo we would reminisce over for generations to come. Then we began our off base liberty which was our first step in translating what we have learned into real life situations. As we walked from place to place people were constantly thanking us for our service. We haven’t served yet we will follow in the footsteps of those who sacrificed and served valiantly. They are the sole reason we are being thanked and we will uphold tradition. We also had an opportunity to speak with our company commanders, hear their stories, and ask them questions. We hung on every word as they spoke about their paths in the Coast Guard and all the advice they had to give. They told us about how intense the boot camp is to become a company commander and that they would never put us through anything they haven’t done themselves or worse. They have lead us into becoming Coast Guardsman by displaying the core values in every ounce of their being and expecting the same from us. We would not be the company we are without their strict guidance. We respect them and will take with us everything they have ingrained within us, 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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