Lima 191 Recruit Journal Week 04

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Lima 191 Recruit Journal

Formed: June 9, 2015

Graduates: July 31, 2015

Success! The recruits of Lima-191 made it through another week of training standing, barely. The Company has lost a few shipmates and gained a few more in return from other companies ahead in training. The Company seems to expand daily like a regular attendee of an all you can eat buffet. The new additions make it that much more of a test to accomplish timed challenges such as funneling through hatches to get outside for fire drills or in order to receive the recruits’ daily dosage of incentive training. Even more challenging is trying to have fifty or so recruits shower in an area the size of a large closet sharing eight shower heads in under twelve minutes. The bigger we get as a company the closer we become and it makes the team stronger for it in the end.

The company commanders set the bar high and the challenges nearly impossible to accomplish to see which of the recruits will rise to their standard and overcome the bar or simply limbo under it, and waiting on the other side of the limbo are devilish grins waiting to hand out incentive training. Week four brought about change that the recruits enjoyed and lamented at the same time, some such things they enjoyed was the ability to march themselves and call cadences, perform manual of arms training, along with learning and practicing practical applications of on the job procedures during their attendance of Seamanship class. Lima Company also filled out their dream sheets this Thursday, meaning the desired duty locations for where they might get stationed.

Two of the biggest accomplishments for Lima this week were the majority passing the Physical Fitness test on Wednesday and the overall passing of their midterm on Friday. The stress was elevated prior to passing due to the fact that the amount of information being forced into the brains of each recruit filled the capacity of almost every free and available neuron that the recruits could muster. Besides the heavy tax on the neuron networks the lack of sleep and overall deprivation of general rest has taken a toll more so than the taxman himself. The recruits are even starting to prefer things they use to detest in their civilian life but it is too late to turn back now and they have already come too far to give up the ground they have gained.

Driving through grogginess like a Coast Guard Cutter through hurling seas and howling winds, the recruits make progress while constantly being tossed about. At times morale is high, as it is when they are at the range, firing the standard pistol competency course or at Seamanship learning the ropes or what it takes to become a working member of the Coast Guard Team. Other times the morale is low and the Company Commanders commence to beatings till moral is restored to a level of satisfaction or improved upon to their liking. Tools such as the Coast Guardsman manual, filled water canteens, pieces and just the recruits own body can be used to inflict a memory of discipline accompanied by a biofeedback marker for personal recall whenever the recruits feel like breaking military bearing,

Now almost half way there and with dream sheets filled out, the recruits of Lima–191 are starting to see the light through the siege of the storm known as Basic Training and gain hope. But it is not over till graduation and when the ship has come to port. Good luck Lima and Godspeed.


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.