Papa 198 Recruit Journal Week 03

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

To start we got a beautiful extra half hour of sleep. The holy divine hours finally graced us with its presence. Everyone received a chance to catch up at what they suck at, it was a new week after all.

We had an overload of classes this week,  Papa-198 went over housing, even though half of us are stationed on a cutter or straight to A-school. Seamanship was another class we took, where we learned knot tying, deck seamanship, signal devices, helmsman commands and boat crew duties. If Papa-198 had a nickel for every time we took a test this week, we’d have a substantial amount of nickels. Boondockers (boots) have to be worn in class and since it was new leather there were many shipmates with swollen ankles…. It looked like and alien was about to break through their skin.

The company finally got to march on its own after taking our Close Order Drill test before our Section Commander, therefore earning the privilege to get sweet, sweet juice at the galley; Let us tell you, juice has never tasted better. Especially when you’ve only had water/electrolyte for 03 weeks. The company also got their orders, which led to our phone calls to you guys this week! Many tears were shed, even our section commander said we were an emotional group. But how else were we supposed to react when the world is falling apart around Cape May and we haven’t had worldly contact.

The company has had many issues this week. The most prominent one is the Cape May crud which is when every recruit gets sick and now we are surrounded by a symphony of coughs. Another common issue is the uncontrollable flatulence with over-eating this delicious galley food; Shipmates cannot control their dairy air. We can’t tell if the company smells bad from the sweat sessions anymore or if it’s just the toxic gas.. It’s probably a combination of the two.

To finish off this recap, the funniest moment of the week goes to the shipmates who bought a birthday card at the exchange (we were only authorized to procure hygiene necessities) and then paid the price for it with an intense sweat session. When the sweat session was reaching its end, Petty Officer Gunn asked what went through his mind and he had the courage to say, “Happy wife, happy life.” Overall, the week went by pretty fast and we look forward to being better this upcoming week. Until next time – PAPA, OUT!

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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