Papa 195 Recruit Journal Week 05

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Papa 195 Recruit Journal

Formed: Jan 9, 2018

Graduates: March 2, 2018


Week 05 for PAPA was a difficult one, as we seemed to take a step backwards. It was almost as if we were back in forming weekend. So many careless mistakes that a week 05 company should not be making. But like Hobbs, Severence and myself have pointed out we are extremely immature, fighting for our lives, still struggling to breathe. As for the historians (Walters and Severance), we were becoming boring. So we have decided to try and step up our game. Severance goes for the funny laugh and I like the dry humor.

This week consisted of two very important inspections. If you called your bookie and placed your house deed on success you would now be homeless and sleeping on cardboard! Needless to say we went 0-2 from the free-throw line shooting at a Fisher Price kids hoop. On the bright side all the pain suffered from our inability to work together has turned into an overall speed increase. We were like the Flash, or a cheetah or a fat kid running across the galley for the last piece of cake. It was SAR (search and rescue) Week. What does this mean? It means we have 15 minutes to wake up, take muster, shave, get changed out, brush our teeth and double time it over to the galley for chow. If you took the over on PAPA-195 for this task, congratulations! You get to keep your home and may even have a little left to buy yourself some crappy second shelf liquor. We completed the time objective every single time.

PAPA received their orders this week, something we have been waiting on for a long time. It certainly turned into a roast for our Company Commanders. They did not miss a step. Penguins or palm trees? For the record, most recruits said palm trees. Most of them were wrong of course. My orders are sending me to sunny New Orleans. I was told I am going to need a tub on sunscreen. (I’m a pasty white “ginger”) Senior Chief Manfre said I am going to roast and then laughed his head off. He is our mentor by the way.

We have not seen much of Senior Chief Pace the past couple of weeks but when we do boy do we disappoint. As previously noted, we did not do too well on our uniform/rack inspection, which ultimately lead to the ordinarily calm cool headed God of a man to lose his mind. As punishments for the sheer embarrassment that we brought to our fearless leader we sat on the quarterdeck in sniper position as he expressed his disappointment in his pups that just peed everywhere on the regimental carpet. It is beyond time to step up our game.

Week 05 is officially in the books and the Week 06 challenge starts tomorrow!


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.