Papa 196 Recruit Journal Week 03

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Papa 196 Recruit Journal

Formed: Sep 11, 2018

Graduates: Nov 2, 2018


Week 03

More than a third of the way there, Papa is here to stay. Well, hopefully we are. Apparently the next weeks are the hardest, so we’ll try our best! Anyway, this week went by faster for all the recruits in Papa Company, mostly because it was a blur of sweat, pain, tears, and chow. However, there were quite a lot of memorable milestones and checkpoints that stuck out in our minds. For one, our company commanders let us start to march ourselves around the regiment. This opened up a whole new can of soul-destroying for any recruit that attempts to do it. It also opened a lot more opportunities to get yelled at for laughing and chances to make the company feel more pain, but to us it’s worth it. Another milestone is that the company started Seamanship class. This class has the least body breaking and soul shattering out of all of our other items on the schedule. In Seamanship, we learn a huge assortment of hands-on knowledge that will carry over to our first unit. Things like knot-tying and being the helmsman of a cutter, make it really easy to enjoy our time there.

Now, not all of the week 03 changes are good. With all of these new opportunities we have, comes a lot of opportunity to get caught doing something wrong and get reverted. There is already a whopping total of 16 recruits already gone and with 05 on probation right now and many others standing by for their red belts, many are on their way to the same fate.

Papa-196 is also starting to pay back their debts to the company commanders for all of the mistakes we made along the way. Today, the company earned a long ride on the pain train. They took us around Sweatville where we learned that the human body can produce an absurd amount of sweat.

In all seriousness, our company has become a whole lot more dedicated and motivated. We’re getting faster and louder and most of us have finally grown a spine and developed some integrity. Things are looking up for Papa Company and we hope this means it is for you all as well. Thank you for believing in us and reminding us why we’re all here and hopefully, here to stay in PAPA-196.


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.