Papa 195 Recruit Journal Week 03

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Papa 195 Recruit Journal

Formed: Jan 9, 2018

Graduates: March 2, 2018


Good morning, Friends and Family of Papa-195.

So this week was fast paced, but slow at the same time. A lot went down. Learning, sweat, marching, sweat, Seamanship, and oh yeah did I mention sweat? We did a lot of that we just can’t get it right. We got our first glimpse of red belts (recruits who are on probation). We also saw the RAMP company commanders and recruits. No one wants to go there, pretty scary. Although I think our company commanders have a few candidates in mind…That has everyone on edge, along with the thought of being reverted or rephased.

We had close to seven new shipmates join our company from Oscar-195. It hit us hard that we could fall back 02 weeks, and that’s no bueno. We only made it to the pool once this week. Pretty sad I think. Other things take priority though. What time we had we learned about regulating our body temperature with Mustang suits. Chow continued to be interesting with a lot of questions, but we also got to see the new forming company experience what we went through two weeks ago. It was pretty intense.

Manual of arms kicked in this week and we are finally getting louder than we thought we could. We have had our ups and downs as a company, but we are coming together. We lost one of our book smart shipmates that we were all rooting for. But in the words of Commander Krautler, “the Coast Guard will sail short before we sail wrong.” Performance trackers are turning into ROCs, documenting our short comings in order to encourage us to learn from our mistakes.

Week 04 is upon us and the heat is being turned up. As long as our faith is strong we can’t go anywhere but up. Chow by chow, day by day, Papa-195 is achieving greater heights. This week was filled with blood, sweat, and tears but we made it through. Now the real challenge lies ahead. As long as we take Senior Chief’s advice which is to take it one day at a time, we’ll figure out the rest later.


–Reporting from Training Center Cape May, SR Walters and SR Hobbs–


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.