Papa 197 Recruit Journal Week 06

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Papa 197 Recruit Journal

Formed: June 18, 2019

Graduates: August 09, 2019


Papa 197


Week 06 summary


The big day is fast approaching for Papa Company, faster than a recruits’ loss of evening routine to a Company Commander. Week 06 comes to a beautiful-ish ending for Papa Company. From shooting guns like Walker Texas Ranger, to chatting it up with our families. The recruits are ready to step-off this regiment for the last time. Except for the few poor recruits who will be stationed here. First units have been contacted, travel arrangements complete and graduation is looming, and it is obvious Petty Officer Fortenberry is proud of Papa and how far we have come, especially with his prized historian. He is now able to brag about the Company’s pennant achievements thus far; Blood drive pennant, physical fitness pennant and range pennant. Not to mention the Company’s ability to march properly around the regiment. Papa has their stuff together.


Papa recruits have been through a lot this week, equaled by some much needed stress relieving training iterations like pugil stick bouts. Some classic, good ol’ American fighting. It’s all fun and games until the recruits outside the ring up the ante and start yelling “hit ‘em with the ole one-two Fortenberry special!” or “take him out!” The Company Commanders have been pushing for more training and less sweat but again, Papa actions dictate the training day. The training is well-received as we are preparing for the Company manual of arms and close order drill finals. The test is of great concern as our cadence is too darn fast. The company is used to the fast pace of recruit training, we don’t know how to move slowly anymore!


Week 06 has been filled with a lot of stress about adulating after graduation, the Company Commanders basically spoon feed us when to sleep, eat, when to attend class, all of that good stuff. After graduation, out on the fleet, no one is going to be holding Papa’s hand when responding to a capsized boat, we have to be ready to be the ones lending out a hand for other to grab onto.


Challenge coins and company clothing items were ordered this week. Memories of two whole months crammed into some fabric and metal. No civilian can truly understand how much sweat and energy recruits put into this program. Papa will have that experience to serve as a foundation and to carry for the rest of their lives. With Petty Officer Fortenberry’ s “ You people are insane” ringing in Papa’s heads, the Company will never forget what happened here at Training Center Cape May.



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.