Papa 196 Recruit Journal Week 05

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Papa 196 Recruit Journal

Formed: Sep 11, 2018

Graduates: Nov 2, 2018


Week 05

Week 05 has been one of the most stress-inducing weeks we’ve had so far. This week is called Search And Rescue week or “SAR” week. This means that from the time we wake up, we have 12 minutes to call morning muster, get dressed into a full operational dress uniform with boondockers, brush our teeth, shave our faces, and haul it outside and be formed up ready to step off for chow. It was a lot to handle. Many people got records of counseling for being late to formation and the whole company paid in sweat because of it.

While the week was stressful it was one of the best weeks as well. This week, between sweating, PAPA received their orders for their first unit. We got to talk to our company mentor about the station and what it’s like to be there. After that we sweat, but then we got to call home to our families. Hearing from your loved ones for the first time in 05 weeks is an extremely emotional moment for most. Almost everyone came back to the squad bay after their phone call with tears streaming down their faces. It did make us cry, but it also motivated us to break past what we thought was giving 100%. It reminded us of why we’re here and who we’re doing this for. It reminded us that the world isn’t just about getting screamed at or holding canteens over our heads or even screaming our faces o0ff for an hour straight. The world is actually a fantastic place and many of us had forgotten that. However, thanks to everyone back home, we know who we are doing this for and will give far beyond what we thought possible to see you when we are done.

Thank you families, friends, and loved ones. This one’s for you.


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.