Lima 191 Recruit Journal Week 02

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Lima 191 Recruit Journal

Formed: June 9, 2015

Graduates: July 31, 2015




Where to start! The body count has risen in Lima, along with some tensions, but the recruits of Lima-191 are slowly transitioning. If they were like a steak ordered well done, they would be at the freshly slaughtered cow stage. Some think they get it, some think they are lacking, but all agree they have a far way to go. The pushing and prodding of egos has peaked and recruits have found they will not be able to act out any “civilian-isms” without a Heavy-Heaping-Helping of incentive training. Week 02 brought about a lot of change in the recruit training. Pool exercises showed where they were physically when submerged in water. Pieces and manual arms training showed where they were at in firearms handling competencies, and incentive training showed that nothing or nearly nothing is sticking!! Push! Push! Push! Up-Down! Up Down! Up Down! Get on your face! Get on your back! Classes have also started laying a foundation of some understanding in Lima-191 and the bigger picture is slowly emerging. Still out of focus for now but at least some have something to push for. Mentors gave advice, Chaplains gave hope, and Company Commanders gave love. Lots of it! Lima is learning slowly but surely what it means to fail, in a good way, in order to learn from mistakes made and move forward. Painful at times, it may be, and almost always deserving the love, through incentive training, it heats up to accompany the summer coming around the corner here in Cape May New Jersey. Just glad we get out before August……Maybe!


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.