Papa 197 Recruit Journal Week 07

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Papa 197 Recruit Journal

Formed: June 18, 2019

Graduates: August 09, 2019


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

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*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.


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Week 07 summary


Week 07 came to a close, a new dawn begins for Papa. The faces of our Company Commanders shine bright and joyous, Papa is to graduate soon. Ha, not! They are itching to sweat us one last time. Off-base liberty went well for the Company, I think, all I know is that everyone made it back to base on time. Papa will find out Sunday morning if we actually acted like professional Coasties around civilians. This week had ups and downs, especially since we are so close to mission complete, no one wants to mess it up days away from graduation. Papa did not earn the seamanship pennant, we’re finishing with a little less than we were hoping for. As Petty Officer Fortenberry always preaches “That’s PAPA Company for ya”!



A big win for Papa Company was getting our colors, then we passed our tests with flying colors and the game changed. The thought process now is just to make it to Friday without making our Company Commanders mad. It seemed as though off base liberty strengthened morale to finish loud and strong. Petty Officer Vratsenes even started to sing cadences to us and we feel like the cool Senior Company on the regiment. Little things will definitely continue to follow the recruits home like “Aye Aye” and “Request to know.” Papa will always have PTSD from Petty Officer Fortenberry’s yelling “No Doubt”, but at least we can use that on the fleet. Cadence without question will be sung while Papa tries to conform back to civilian mode. Like today many recruits stood at attention and automatically marched when walking. CPR training and the Confidence Course is another notch on Papa’s belts on the many thing’s we’ve accomplished. Petty Officer Fortenberry would disagree we didn’t learn diddly squat in these 08 weeks of misery. Who knew Petty Officer Fortenberry could Rap? His “new” cadence was actually a fire drake song. Bonus points for him for being hip and cool. Our Company Commanders really had our best interest in mind during the sweat sessions from the beginning, s little motivation was all Papa needed. Hopefully the good train will keep rollin and Papa stays afloat these next 05 days.


Seaman Recruit 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.