Recruit Journal Lima 188 Week: 06

Recruit Journal Lima 188 Week: 06
Formed: June 11, 2013
Graduate: August 2, 2013

International Maritime Signal Flag Lima

International Maritime Signal Flag Lima

21JUL13

This week was an overall great week. We may have had a rough ending, but that’s no reason to overshadow all we accomplished this week. At the beginning of this week, we were more determined than ever to be locked on and kick some butt and take names.
That’s the way we started the week, even as we were all being plagued with the “Cape May crud.” But nothing was going to stop us, we were tired of failing ourselves and Petty Officer Torres and Petty Officer Grube. We kept up this attitude throughout the week and began to learn it was easier to get through, we were teased everyday with a joke or two by our Company Commanders or a Chuck Norris cadence we knew we would be able to sing everywhere when we earned our colors, but even as we worked so hard we weren’t going above and beyond like we should. But as the weekend neared, we were tired of being the laughing stock of the regiment. So tired of walking around with an “L” on a flag instead of our Colors blowing in the wind and walking 10 feet tall and bullet proof. And finally Friday we received our opportunity, we were told to pack our sea bags with everything we owned and get outside. We then marched to the beach with what felt like the world strapped to our shoulders. We finally got there and had our work cut out for us with incentive training and crazy time objectives. But after we formed a bond with the ocean and the sea. Petty Officer Grube told us of all of the people who would need help from us and Petty Officer Torres spoke and wrenched out our hearts thinking about how fast we would be if it was our family members. We then sprinted to get our guidon with our colors. Yesterday however, we lost them. We did not greet a Warrant Officer properly and were punished by having our colors revoked, and while today I think we are more discouraged than motivated, I am positive in a few hours we are going to be so locked on, someone would need a key to get our attention, but we will EARN our colors back.

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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