Lima 190 Recruit Journal Week 05

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Lima 190 Recruit Journal

Formed: September 16, 2014

Graduates: November 7, 2014


Week 05

Boot Camp, thus far, has been like walking over a frozen pond. Our only mission is to get to the other side where a warm log cabin with a woodstove and a cozy bed waits for us on the other side. We know the ice is thin and the risks are huge. At this point, most of us have made it past the halfway point. All of us have fallen in at one point or another and some never resurfaced. Those of us who remain, tread lightly as the ice cracks below us, threatening to dunk us for good.
Week 05 has been our most exciting and terrifying week yet. The biggest news of the week was obviously our orders. In a Boot Camp tradition, LIMA finally received our official orders. I can tell you, it was the first time in a long time most of us recruits finally felt a sense of purpose again. We were rejuvenated and our training took on a whole new meaning. But not for long. See, getting orders is every recruit’s big moment, however, it is more of a curse than a blessing. We all quickly found out the hard way that we still have 03 weeks of Boot Camp left, and a whole lot more to learn. For us to even report to our new duty station, we’d still have to make it out of here. But getting such an exciting toy and being told to put it away until all your chores are done is never easy, especially for emotionally deprived recruits. Those who have let the excitement of their orders get in the way of their recruit training and military bearing have paid the price already, and it wasn’t pretty.

We also made our big move. After a full week of wondering when it was going to happen, LIMA was finally ordered to pack up everything and make our way over to Healy Hall. (For the record, all mail can now be addressed to Healy Hall instead of James Hall). Healy Hall is a terrifying place. We had to pass a thorough inspection from our new Section Commander Chief Cane just to even get cleared to live here. He whistles everywhere he walks and is far too calm even when he is destroying everything about you. Out of our whole company, only two people walked out of the inspection without getting some form of punishment. Healy Hall is also filled with many important faces. This means more people to greet, more people to properly salute, and a heck of a lot more “face time” with people who recruits typically try to avoid.

In addition, we’ve been reminded that as a Senior Company, the stakes are higher and the risks are greater. We receive more time on our own now and have been given more responsibility. We march ourselves to class, report on time, and get loud when we need to. In return, our Company Commanders grant us more time to clean, get squared away, and get done what we need to get done. But for recruits who are trained to move quickly and do nothing but follow orders, this is a scary and new world for us. Furthermore, with time and responsibility comes the need for leadership and teamwork. And despite being together for 05 weeks, this is our first stab at taking orders and direction from our designated squad leaders and then putting them into action. Unfortunately, everyone in LIMA has an opinion on what to do and how to do it, and our squad leaders aren’t quite on the same page yet. And when we can’t agree on a plan, or wrong information gets passed before being approved by all the Squad Leaders, then we do what we do best these days: Sweat.

The end is still far, but when squinting, we can at least begin to see the light. Keep praying for LIMA.

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.