Papa 198 Recruit Journal Week 04

International Maritime Signal Flag Papa

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

On Sunday the 24th we did our first company run! Man were we winded but it was awesome to start signing cadence. The whole regiment could probably hear us. As the senior company we are to be the example and role model of every recruit in or out of training. Even our squad bays have to be an example. We’ve scrubbed the head with toothbrushes to get the black gunk off the deck. We recently had our squad bay inspected to be exact. Some sadly failed but the majority passed and persevered through many incentive training sessions. Some examples were holding up our ten ton mattress, another was keeping our arms in the air, the next one was sniper position, and finally just having to push the deck.

This whole week was different because instead of waking up to a whistle and “FIRE, FIRE, FIRE” we woke up to a siren for search and rescue week. That’s where the company has 15 minutes to take muster, make our racks, get in our operational dress uniform, put our hair up, brush our teeth, shave and sprint to the galley where we eat. It was actually kind of fun for the majority of us, but also stressful. Better to prepare us for the fleet.

This week we also learned firefighting! The company has never been so visibly impaired, as we literally could not see an arm’s length in front of us with all the smoke in the room. The gear weighed so much it was impossible to stay in a crouched position for long, but we all ended up passing. We also had our last seamanship class this week, we took our final for it and earned the seamanship pennant to add to our guidon flag, which we’ve decided to call “Big Papa”.

PAPA-198 had to earn these colors and man did we sweat for them! Our mentors, Admiral Thomas and Master Chief Self and Bos’n Haney were there to tell us how we’ve earned our colors and that we’ve crossed a milestone….from a socially 06 feet distance. They even joined us the “Confidence Course” today! They spoke to us individually and cheered us on when we struggled over each obstacle. One thing for sure tomorrow everyone is going to look like a Dalmatian from all the bruising and walk like a turtle. On this same day we learned some new quirky cadences and how to ‘stomp the yard’ on junior companies.

This whole week has been enlightening, sad, depressing, and hopeful. We lost many this week due to our section commander inspection, you could see it in our faces that day. We gain some and we lose some as they say but I’m sure our fellow shipmates that we’ve lost will persevere through this tough setback and make it. We’re all still one big happy Madea Family.

We’ll end this log with the funniest moment of the week, which was when Petty Officer Gunn asked a shipmate “What’s on the radio?” meaning what’s the next cadence the company wanted to march to. Our shipmate replied, “Petty Officer Gunn, I haven’t heard the radio in several weeks.”
Thank you for cheering us on family of PAPA-198, your support means everything to us.

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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