Papa 195 Recruit Journal Week 02

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Papa 195 Recruit Journal

Formed: Jan 9, 2018

Graduates: March 2, 2018


Graduation Program: Posted Thursday afternoon: Week 7 Blog

Go to:

Under the “Graduation Date” Tab you will be able to find the Graduation Program


To view the Graduation Live: Time: 1100 AM

The live stream of the graduations are viewed by going to the training center’s Facebook page at

*It should be noted that the live streams are a courtesy and not a guarantee. There could be technical issues or resource availability issues that would interfere with the stream. The live streams are not intended to be high definition productions of the graduation ceremonies.

If you are looking for higher quality video products from your loved one’s graduation, you should contact VTS at 609-365-8889



Who would have ever thought PAPA-195 would make it to week 03 without at least 70% of the company being in the ward or sent home. Well here we are still pushing through and counting the days. I’m Seaman Recruit Viau here to give you a little insight on what a week at Training Center Cape May entails. It’s 0530. It’s a cold Monday morning. Our squad bays are filled with sleeping recruits. The only noise to be heard is the vast amount of coughing and extremely loud snoring. Sickness drifts through the air while many try to hide from it by draping blankets over their head but there is no point. Sickness is rampant right now in Recruit Training. This being paired with a lack of sleep and poor hygiene; I don’t think the “Cape May Crud” will be going away anytime soon. The day suddenly begins with a 0530 wake up call. Not one of the “Johnny it’s time for school” wake ups. This one consists of a Company Commander waking you from a deep sleep by yelling “fire! fire! fire!” through a megaphone and whistles blaring. We then have 120 seconds to get outside and formed up and we dare not be late. Great start to a morning right? Wait it gets better. We start our IT (incentive training) session right then and there as we are told to find some real-estate to push the earth. We follow that up with chow. Easily the best moment of the day as we are squaring our meals to our faces feeding our bodies for the next calorie burning evolution. But now that we are in week 03 the galley has become an intense game of 20 questions and who can get by the CC’s without getting stopped and the everlasting thought of reversion in every recruit’s mind. It seems to be required knowledge is known, grasped and easily recited until it’s actually required and lost to the abyss of a total blackout. When put on the spot we tend to freeze up and embarrass ourselves. We tend to learn from our mistakes and strive to improve so we are better prepared next time the opportunity presents itself. Learn is probably the staple word for PAPA-195. Right now between various classes and IT sessions it’s hard to find time to learn things you should know or even learn things that can make you more efficient at what it is you’re trying to do. Our CC’s are constantly telling us we are moving way too slow and every second counts in recruit training. But as time rolls on we are becoming more of a unit, a team. We are getting stronger, faster and debatably smarter. We are definitely becoming a family. One that is ready to improve and impress going into weeks 03.


SR Viau


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.