Lima 191 Recruit Journal Week 06

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Lima 191 Recruit Journal

Formed: June 9, 2015

Graduates: July 31, 2015

Another week has passed and Lima Company has finished with week six. Week six brought with it a tidal wave of change for the recruits. Change is a good thing and sometimes a scary thing but if it is prepared for, like the recruits are being trained to deal with it in basic, then Lima 191 will be able to live up to the Coast Guard’s motto of Semper Paratus. “Change, change, change” it’s not only a catchy song, it is a fact that every recruit has faced while going through week six and more than likely a fact that they will face again in week seven and every day in the fleet there after.


What change took place you may ask, well enough to shake a stick at that is for sure. To start, Lima now marches to the song cadences sung by the Company Commanders while trooping along behind their newly earned colors. The gold and black checkered Lima flag flies proudly in front of the company everywhere they go. It leads the way to chow, where the recruits fill their bellies. It leads the way to classes, where the recruits fill their brains. And it leads them to workouts and incentive training where the recruits burn off chow and sweat their brains out. Speaking of sweat, the recruits ‘got their sweat on’ quite a few times during week six.


One sweet ‘sweat-sesh’ was during the fire fighting practical, when the recruits donned a full fire fighting ensemble to tackle the challenge of putting out a ship board fire. Fire fighting turn outs were zipped up, boots were pulled up, and oxygen masks were hooked up; the recruits ready to rock and roll! Some recruits found it quite challenging and a little claustrophobic trying to maneuver in a darkened, completely smoke filled, rumbling room. The instructors, and some of the shipmates of those who were having a hard time, were there to encourage those that had their head in a fog and gave aid in order for them to complete the evolution safely.


A second sweat session was when the recruits took on the confidence course for the second time. This time round, the recruits were able to complete the entire run and cheer on their fellow shipmates who might have needed a little pep from those around them. Over and under, flipping around, climbing up a rope and ringing the bell at the tippy top s off with all the; it was a great motivational day for the company and the recruits felt that they had accomplished something together as a team as well as individually. The individual accomplishment was put to the test even more when the recruits were allowed to blow off some steam and show off some gladiator type skills while battling it out with pugil sticks.


The third sweat session was full of aggression, but a good sportsmanship type aggression. Pugil sticks were pulled out of a back storage room and handed out to the recruits. The recruits lined up in rows and were taught the moves needed to defend and attack by Petty Officer Russo, demonstrate them, followed by their best and loudest war cry. High block, YAH!” “Low block, YAH!” “Overhead chop, YAH!” With a little bit more practice the recruits could have gone from looking like bad kung-fu movie doubles to full blown Chuck Norris status, but then that might have been a little bit too much for when the recruits battled it out in the arena. Inside the arena, shipmates had the chance to go head to head in a fun spirited environment and if the recruits were allowed to place bets there surely would have been a few upsets. Some of the underdogs became victors and the recruits with big egos were truly humbled by the experience and walked away with a little lesson in humility along with a new found respect for those that bettered them.


Lima has come together and put aside their differences and realizes that it is not going to be individuals who make it to graduation but the entire company. The three musketeers have the motto “one for all, all for one,” and Lima’s company’s Senior Advisor, General Ham gave this advice, “If you want to go fast, go yourself. If you want to go far, go together.” As we enter our final weeks, Lima will work out the remaining wrinkles not only in their uniforms but in their Coast Guard transformation and step out into the fleet proudly on graduation day in eleven days and a wake up.



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.