Papa 195 Recruit Journal Week 04

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Papa 195 Recruit Journal

Formed: Jan 9, 2018

Graduates: March 2, 2018

Good morning, Friends and Family of Papa-195.

We finally made it through the forth Sunday of boot camp and we’re finally at the halfway point. We’re putting in a lot of work and it’s been a wild but fulfilling week. Papa had its last physical fitness test for the remainder of boot camp, which is a relief because the weather has been so bad that we haven’t been able to do much running. Bicycle classes have been pushing us to the limit. Putting on dress uniforms for the first time gave us a glimpse of the future just for a moment. It made us feel like something, and proud to be Coastguardsmen.

Some shipmates had to experience RAMP and let me tell you it is not a place any recruit wants to go. Papa has some strong minded and willed men who made it out of the trenches and were able to come back to company better than ever. The shipmates who were lost went back in training to get to the level necessary to graduate recruit training.

This week we got to be somewhat independent for a while which felt good. That was until reality set in that our Company Commanders are not letting up. Firefighting was a great experience even though our instructor got frustrated with us and our lack of discipline.

Papa has some talented people that I didn’t discover until now. We have body builders, singers, and songwriters. It was put on display by our Company Commanders, often times due to our lack of military bearing and self-control.

Week 05 is upon us and there is no room for error. Required knowledge is getting more challenging and we are questioned by our Company Commanders any chance they get. We have now witnessed a new company arriving for the second week in a row. They were destroyed but to be fair Papa had it much worse and that’s actually a good thing…I think.

This week our sleeping schedule was torn apart as we were standing watches in two different locations, plus training a new company on how to stand watch. Throughout the day Papa is a bit tired and the number of recruits standing is class to stay awake is growing. We’re starting to see a different side of our Company Commanders this week, as they are becoming more hands on and patient with us.

With all the craziness of our midterm test behind us, we have our eyes on the prize now more than ever. It’s time to buckle down and go from just average to greatness. To all the Facebook moms and dads, siblings and spouses, just know that Papa is going strong and not going to slow down anytime soon.


–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.