Lima 191 Recruit Journal Week 05

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Lima 191 Recruit Journal

Formed:       June 9, 2015

Graduates: July 31, 2015

Another week down, three more to go! Lima has heard about the week five dive and will have to do everything within their power not to take that slide, stay focused, and perform to their best abilities. Week five has brought about much change and excitement for the recruits of Lima 191, participating in SAR (search and rescue) week, moving from their previous home in Munroe Hall to the “upper class squad bays” in Healey Hall, and the receiving of their orders. The recruits are now at a point in their training that has brought them tremendous amounts of pride, accompanied by tremendous amounts of sore and stiff muscles, however, they earned to be here. Here is Healy Hall. Here, is going into week six. Here, is with Lima Company and not with Mike Company. Now, if only the here and the now can remain the soul focus of every individual recruit.


Time apart from family, friends, and loved ones is having its toll on the hearts and minds of each recruit. However, there is much to look forward to and three times as much to reflect upon. Take for instance the lessons learned during search and rescue week. Firstly, the recruits learned how to create individual routines that aided in shaving minutes and seconds off their morning preparation times. Secondly, they learned team work and cooperation on a scale last seen by the Roman Empire. When one person finished getting ready, because they were able to Houdini their way into a uniform magically fast, they started to help whoever they could. Thirdly, Lima recruits learned the hard way that missing formation and movement was not a good idea. A sweep of people found themselves receiving incentive training and having to march behind the rest of their company. All were valuable lessons to be learned and to take into week six.


The recruits were introduced to the confidence course, their dress blue uniforms, and most important their first set of orders.   The confidence course was a great team-builder and motivator on a personal level. The recruits lined up in front of an obstacle and gave it their all to overcome each one confronted while their on-looking fellow recruits cheered them on. The day the recruits received their uniforms was another day that made chests swell with more pride. Looking good! Now, time to earn their right to wear that uniform in a few weeks. Week five also brought with it the recruits first Section Commander personnel inspection and tests. The recruits now know that the standards of their Company Commanders, if met, will save them a great deal of worry of reversion and grief from incentive training. The inspection let every recruit know where they stand and what can be improved upon.


The most change came on Friday when the company commanders marched Lima down to the edge of the regiment and told them their orders. Each recruit fell out of formation, ran up to the regimental bell, and with all the air they could muster in their lungs, belted out to the world where they were going and rang the bell with tenacity. The ring of each bell toll still rings in the ears and hearts of every recruit, to remind them of why they are hear. Now all Lima has to do is hunker down, stay locked on, and finish what they started 05 weeks ago. No pain, no gain; it can be bet on that the pain has not stopped and will continue until graduation. However, anything easy is usually not worthwhile, and it will not be easy for the remaining 19 days, but it will certainly be worthwhile when it is over.

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.