Papa 198 Recruit Journal Week 02

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Formed: April 21, 2020
Graduates: June 12, 2020

It’s been our first week after forming and PAPA-198 has been overloaded with information and exercise; Class-sweat-repeat. We’ve made many mistakes but seem to learn from them every day – well at least most of us try to. We’ve taken classes so many topics from personal things like relationships and dental to official things such as grooming/uniform standards and the Code of Conduct. We are learning more marching movements and have actually learned a bit of Manual of Arms.

This first week has been nothing but sweaty. There’s sweat on everything and even our sweat sweats. It never seems to slow down… and then there’s the galley. The galley is where we eat and get barraged for our general knowledge, galley procedures and speed. The food however is delicious and worth every negative performance tracker. The staff there is amazing, they are sweet and they sure can cook. Sometimes it feels like we gain weight but we just end up sweating it out afterward anyways.

Did you guys know you could hold a canteen of water over your head for more than 10 minutes? Well we’ve been troubleshooting the exact time limit for you. Not only that we’ve even held chewy bars and pieces above our heads. Everyone here has experienced the phrase mind over matter. We’re learning that holding up the impossible is possible thanks to a huge line named Medusa. Our mail call at the end of the day always seems to make things better though, everyone’s faces seem to brighten up. It’s always hectic here at Cape May but you guys seem to be successful at anchoring us down.

It’s not all sweat though here at Cape May. For example this week we filled out our, “Dream sheets,” which is sent to the Assignments Officer stating where we would like to be stationed. We also got to video call our company mentor, Admiral Thomas. The excitement in the air for both evolutions was incredible and the whole company can’t help but break some rules to secretly talk about it. Being able to talk about it with the Admiral and his cadre was like WOW, he was kind of funny and thrilled to be speaking to us. You could tell it lifted all spirits up.

We are constantly exercising our self-discipline especially during the funny times like when our shipmates ran around the splash zone of a sprinkler as we were running inside. Our Lead Company Commander flipped out yelling at us that we were attempting to join a sea-going service and were afraid of a sprinkler. To conclude every day gets better even if we don’t see it. The company is staying strong and starting to work together we all have the same end goal even if we have different reasons for joining, together we will make honor respect and devotion to duty our one true purpose. Until next time, from PAPA with love.

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.

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