Papa 196 Recruit Journal Week 07

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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


Week 07 Summary


Laying in a bed thicker than 03 inches, eating slices of cheese pizza, and binge watching Adam Sandler movies is how some of Papa-196 recruits found themselves on Saturday for their hard earned off-base liberty. This may seem like a normal Saturday for most 20 year olds but for Papa-196 it is a much needed break from what the past 06 Saturday’s have been like. Each Saturday the recruits have gotten stronger, faster, sharper, and more disciplined following long, hard weeks of training filled with physical and mental challenges. This week Papa-196 gets to enjoy a change of pace for their last Saturday of recruit training.

Week 07 Papa-196 recruits proved their were ready to become working members of the fleet by passing the Final Exam, Close Order Drill and Manual of Arms, and Seamanship tests as well as becoming certified in CPR and First Aid. The recruits were also able to participate in the Confidence Course after a much needed break in weather. This brought the spirits of Papa-196 to an all-time high as recruits hurled themselves over obstacles and climbed hand over hand up a rope to ring the bell at the final obstacle while fellow recruits cheered them along.

And finally the final and most important test of week 07 which did not have multiple choice questions or an evaluation involved, but a test of the recruits ability to make good choices and be trusted for one day in public to not bring discredit upon the Coast Guard. And if a recruit were to make poor choices off-base, that recruit would not graduate with Papa Company. Thankfully Papa proved its readiness by having 0 mishaps or violations. Friends and family, Papa-196 is ready to graduate, as long as they don’t do anything stupid of course.


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.