Lima 189 Recruit Journal: Week 03

Lima 189 Recruit Journal: Week 03
Formed: Feb. 11, 2014
Graduates: April 4, 2014

International Maritime Signal Flag Lima

International Maritime Signal Flag Lima


LIMA-189’s weekend began with a surprisingly formal ceremony introducing their permanent company commanders. Compared to the three days prior, Chief Johnson, Chief Arseneaux, Petty Officer Saporito, and Petty Officer Russo’s pledge to train all one hundred recruits was jarringly tranquil. However, faster than it takes to whip out an Ipod and kick back, all one hundred recruits were rushed out of Sexton Hall and were moving their skinny twigs across the regiment to our new home, Munro Hall.

After the hospitable company commanders (CC’s) welcomed us with doses of incentive training (I.T.) and bombarded us with the rules and regulations of recruit training, the company eventually laid their withered carcasses down on comfy 3’x6′ steel racks (bed) with a six inch mattress.
Over the next three days, LIMA recruits cracked open their crusted over eyeballs to the warmth of squad bay fluorescent lighting. The hours flew by in a flurry of sweat and tears. We were constantly reminded that what we thought we knew before we arrived at Cape May amounted to a little more than a fuzzball on our gortex jackets.
Small victories and uncountable defeats in the eyes of those who hold us accountable begin to make a change in us.

The road ahead and the seven weeks of spirit testing obstacles will teach us what is expected of us as individuals but mostly what is expected from Coast Guardsmen. Chief Johnson tells us he likes to find a silver lining no matter how many mistakes we make. I guess right now, LIMA’s silver lining is…at least the galley are generous with their portions!

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.