Papa 197 Recruit Journal Week 03

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Papa 197 Recruit Journal

Formed: June 18, 2019

Graduates: August 09, 2019





Today as week 03 comes to an end, we can all tell week 04 is among us. We are all starting to improve with marching, Sounding off, and required knowledge. From watching some shipmates leave from failing probation, to watching some take charge as squad leaders, we are getting there one step at a time. We are getting faster, we are getting louder, we are coming together as one team. Earlier this week we learned how to tie knots. Who knew there were so many ways to tie a shoe! Which is another thing Papa-197 needs to work on considering some of us are still getting performance trackers for not tying our “Go-fasters” correctly. While some of us are learning how to tie are shoes, others are learning how to march the company as the Marching Squad Leader, which is a BIG deal! Receiving our pieces turned out to not be as great as we thought it would be…instead of sweating with our canteens, now we sweat with our heavier M-16 “Non-guns”. Although we have learned our Piece nomenclature which is just more required knowledge that we are expected to know. This week has definitely been a learning experience, from making our racks, cleaning, learning about the Coast Guard and of course yelling! Papa’s graduation date is getting closer and closer, and we have never feared anything more! Probation recruits are dropping like flies. Getting put in the center of attention is something we all fear the most. Week 4 has come fast. Let’s hope that we all make it through together and become closer as one team. Papa is getting there. They say you cant judge a book by its cover, but in our case the cover is looking pretty rough. This week should definitely be a turning point. One Team, One Fight! We will do this!


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.