Papa 196 Recruit Journal Week 06

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Papa 196 Recruit Journal

Formed: Sep 11, 2018

Graduates: Nov 2, 2018


Week 06

Imagine taking a nice stroll down the beach when all of a sudden you see a stampede of navy blue charging up the sand dunes with the speed and ferocity of a wild heard of buffalo. At the top of this dune you see a flag waving in the wind. A beacon that has given PAPA more determination than they thought possible. Yes, their colors!

With a rotating mass of bodies in blue, tears were streaming as PAPA claimed what they have been working so hard for. From the depths of the mass and surpassing even the sound of the crashing waves, came a chant that everyone was screaming from their soul…HONOR, REPSECT, DEVOTION TO DUTY! The core values of the Coast Guard and what PAPA now lives by. Today was a landmark that the recruits of PAPA will be telling their grandchildren sitting on their knee sixty years from now. A day of sweat and tears. Not only did PAPA receive their colors, but they got to experience on base liberty.

The on base enlisted club was flooded with all the recruits totally enveloped in their long lost digital world. Texts were being sent, calls were being made, and all the facetiming, tweeting, instagraming, facebooking, and snapchating imaginable were flying out of the club. Five hours passed by in a heartbeat as everyone caught up with their loved ones while stuffing their faces with all the greasy food they could get their hands on.

This was the perfect climax to the best week that PAPA has had so far. Even though the most sweat was spilled with endless remedial activities like line pulling, sniper position and FIRE FIRE FIRE being screamed, there were some amazing accomplishments from PAPA

The now senior company on the regiment came together with a good start last Sunday during the off base run by syncing up and enriching the streets with some old school Coast Guard cadences. PAPA then split in two during the week, but as a whole came together to organize their future units and even become the new reigning champions for pistol accuracy. Petty Officer Repasi gave the most desired speech this young company could hope for before giving us our colors. He stated that he believed the 93 remaining recruits had what it takes to finish training and become the Coast Guardsmen of the future. This is one leader PAPA wants to prove right.


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.