Papa 197 Recruit Journal Week 05

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Papa 197 Recruit Journal

Formed: June 18, 2019

Graduates: August 09, 2019





Week 05 comes to an end while week 06 comes barreling forward towards Papa Company. There was definitely some notable steady progression for Papa, especially since orders are out. No one wants to risk seeing red, or worse getting rephased. From the Battalion Commander Inspection to “Adulting” about the company’s orders, Papa has had serious growth. The classes have definitely made things more serious: Planning travel arrangements, going over unit details, the works. Marching, Manual of Arms, and piece nomenclature have been the main focuses of the company but there’s still the issue of teamwork, Papa helps each other out, but can never seem to be on the same page. This company is so willing to progress but not without butting heads with each other first. Papa is getting there, with the help of sweat sessions and letters from home, motivation will always be 100 percent, or near 100 percent at least. The Company’s Commanders are being absolute sweethearts now that the company is getting closer to graduation. SIKE, the recruits wish, there’s always eyes on a smaller company. It’s like saying you’re so hungry you could eat a horse, and then actually having to be forced to eat one. The company can say all they want that they can march or know required knowledge, but when under the spotlight, can they actually dish it out. The following weeks will be heavy on inspections, more “Play” less sweat I guess you could say. No one’s going to push their luck though, not with near perfect orders on the line. Plus having a little metal rectangular electronic box back in their hands makes them giddy. The only technological interactions the recruits have is learning about cyber security or sending off email correspondence to their new units. P.O. Fortenberry has been a real “DOLL” actually about the recruits assignments. He’s answering questions(Even the dumb ones), going in depth on certain stations, basically spoon-feeding the company so they can start off on the right foot to adulting. This week has had people on high alert and definitely more aware of the consequences if unwilling to put in 100 percent. But if there’s anything Papa can do in week 06, it’s have Pride and Persevere always.


-SR Camiso, S. E.


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.