Lima 196 Recruit Journal Week 05

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Lima 196 Recruit Journal

Formed: Aug 07, 2018

Graduates: Sep 28, 2018

 

Lima 196 Recruit Journal

Formed: Aug 07, 2018

Graduates: Sep 28, 2018

 

LIMA-196 WEEK 05 ENTRY

 

Week 06 here comes L-196!

Week 05 was tough and challenging, but no matter the trial or tribulation, we conquered it all as a team. Whether it was making time objectives, getting incentively trained, or helping out a shipmate. I can truly say that we are becoming a greater company. In the words of our Company Commander, “One unit, one voice.” Truth be told, L-196 is putting one plus one together and the puzzle pieces are starting to click into place.

This week has been one of the hardest here in Cape May.

Monday morning was hectic. As a company we were introduced to “Search and Rescue” week. We were woken up by our LCC with 45 seconds to get on the quarterdeck, attend a rapid muster, and then be fully dressed and be on time to chow in less than 15 minutes. As we completed this evolution and cleared the time objective, we formed up outside ready to go. Then our section commander Chief Grote marched us to chow. He taught us a lesson on completing time objectives although one of our shipmates had to pay for it.

Later that morning, was the highlight of the day and we had been dreading it for at least a week. The Battalion Commander inspection. Master Chief Wadley inspected about 10-12 recruits before coming to the conclusion that we all passed! He was extremely impressed with the extent of our required knowledge, how well pressed our uniforms were, and lastly how well we shined our boondockers (boots). What a great way to start off the week!

Tuesday morning the company managed to complete another SAR simulation for time. With recruits bolting left and right, and moving with a sense of utmost urgency, we beat the clock once again. After chow we cleaned our squad bays until they were up to our LCC’s “squeaky clean” standard. Later that night we went to get our dress uniform issue. As we glanced one another over, we realized how good we looked and how far we have actually come as a company.

Wednesday was a pretty slow day, albeit interesting. We learned a lot about Coast Guard history and had a tough swim circuit.

Thursday was probably the most exciting day of the week because we got our orders!!! Finding out about our orders was exciting for the company because it made the whole process of being a Coast Guardsman that much more real to us. Don’t get us wrong. We still have a LONG way to go until graduation day.

Friday we were graduation preparation and support. We stood watches and helped set up the gym for the graduation taking place that morning. Everyone did a great job!

Saturday was supposed to be the day that we ran the confidence course, however due to inclement weather we were unable. This bummed everyone out. We did get to meet with our mentors that morning though, and that definitely made up for it.

Week 05 was another good week for L-196. We became stronger as a team and learned a lot about ourselves. There were ups and downs of course, but that is what it takes for L-196 to meet their goals!

 

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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