Lima 191 Recruit Journal Week 03

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Lima 191 Recruit Journal

Formed: June 9, 2015

Graduates: July 31, 2015


The Recruits of Lima 191 are now week three veterans. Having sweat every day, and screamed until our throats are as raw as sashimi, we feel we may have made it to a point where we can now stop being individuals and look at Lima as a team. It was not easy at first for Lima to get over our differences and every person paid dearly for the quarrels and mishaps that happened. We pushed the deck until the earth pulled us back so hard that we could not lift our own bodies. The physical fitness of each recruit continues to be on the incline and there is no apex in near sight, for where there is loss of military bearing, there is an opportunity for incentive training and thus, the resulting increase in tolerance to physical pain and endurance. We had to learn the hard way that discipline is a word with more than one meaning. We now know that it is all about having the right attitude and from time to time the recruits of Lima 191 need an attitude adjustment. Aside from having our attitude and personal endurance tested in the sweatiest ways possible, we were also tested in the pool and the classroom. Lima-191 had our Survival float this week where we donned Mustangs and emtered the pool. In the classroom, we learned all about Coast Guard History, Coast Guard Missions and Seamanship. We’re not the best at tying knots, but Lima knows that practice makes perfect. In addition to learning various types of knots to tie and their purposes in Coast Guard, we also learned about helm commands at Seamanship, which was definitely a new concept for most of us. Although Lima’s sweaty, pain-filled week is coming to a rapid close and we know that only more sweat waits on the horizon, Lima-191 will endure together because we finally understand what it means to be a team and what the term “Shipmate” really means


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.