Papa 196 Recruit Journal Week 02

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Papa 196 Recruit Journal

Formed: Sep 11, 2018

Graduates: Nov 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


Mail time. There is nothing that helps recruits remember who they are quite like mail time. Papa learned this during week 02 and it is quickly becoming the high point (despite only 05 minutes a night) of every day. The mail helps remind the recruits of Papa-196 that there are folks back home that don’t believe they are a lazy E-1 (our current pay grade). However, to get to this point the recruits have to fight for every inch.

Week 02 was a culmination of incentive training, classroom sessions, some circuit workouts in the gym, followed by more beat downs. Most recruits didn’t like going to class prior to coming to Cape May. However, week 02 taught Papa that learning is beneficial in two ways; first off, it is a more relaxed environment where you aren’t being screamed at for every misstep. Second, if you absorb the information, you won’t get noticed as much.

One of the biggest steps taken during week 02 was the acquisition of our “pieces”. These are completely plastic M-16 replicas that must be treated as if it were a real loaded weapon. Since Papa can’t figure out how to do the right thing, these pieces are used as part of our incentive training.

One of the most interesting classes we’ve taken was about the importance of Followership. While leadership is often valued work, the Coast Guard is teaching the recruits how to be a good follower. This was the first time hearing that it is good to be the right kind of follower, though some clearly misunderstood the meaning of this class. For example, when one person sees another talking, they also start talking, when someone is running late, the whole company starts running late.

Overall, week 02 flew by. When every minute of daylight is a clip from Monday night “raw” time is bound to go fast. There is a tiny light at the end of the tunnel, though don’t spend too much time looking at it: Our Company Commanders are hiding in the bushes ready to quiz you on the name of the Commandant’s mailman’s hampster’s middle name. Better answer quickly and correctly or “Push”!


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.