Lima 191 Recruit Journal Week 07

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Lima 191 Recruit Journal

Formed: June 9, 2015

Graduates: July 31, 2015

 

Lima-191 Week 07 Summary

 

The final harrowing week of recruit training has drawn to a close. Week 07 is winding down and the recruits of Lima 191 are squaring their racks away, ironing wrinkles out of their uniforms, and cramming that last bit of required knowledge into their skulls as the last remaining divine hours for Lima 191 tick down, the brightness of their smiles rivaling the luster of our freshly-polished Boondockers. Time is also being well-spent reflecting on our off-base liberty and the insane weeks now behind us, and how in the world we made it this far, inches away from joining our brothers and sisters in the fleet. During off-base liberty, the recruits scrambled faster than any humans I’ve ever seen, and fell into their predetermined groups more than eager to experience the alien-like outside world that we were once so acquainted with. Some walked, some hopped on a bus and others jumped into cabs, all with the intent of putting as much distance between the base and themselves as physically possible; as distance increased, smiles grew wider and stomachs growled louder.

 

As the various forms of transportation started to slow into the locations that the recruits of Lima 191 accidentally screamed at the poor cab or bus drivers, forgetting they don’t know what ‘sounding off’ means since they’re used to communicating in normal decibels. As we departed the cabs or buses, each recruit within their groups finally had a glimpse of what it was like to be, well, normal for a change. Thankfully, no recruits sounded off at any passerby’s which would have definitely scarred some civilians for life. A very humbling trend that seemed to be very prevalent on the streets of Wildwood and Rio Grande was the absolute adoration of the Coast Guard by many civilians, a few approaching Lima and thanking them for their service. How thankful we were for these extremely patriotic friends of the uniformed services. All who were thanked truly felt that they made an amazing choice to be a part of the United States Coast Guard. The freedom of off-base liberty was a very refreshing experience, but (un)fortunately, liberty brought with it the freedom of choice for food options, and many recruits are now regretting their poor dietary choices. Lima 191 had a field day; donuts and burgers, fries and soda, pizza and chicken wings. We went absolutely mad. It would have been a good choice to designate someone in each group to be a lookout just in case a recruit stuffed too much food at once down their junk-food-famished throats and began to choke. The face of gluttony reigned supreme over countless recruit faces, and the faces of Lima the morning after was even worse. Worth it? You better believe it! Much of Lima also watched (or slept through) movies at the Rio Grande theatre or rented a hotel for some much-needed rest and relaxation.

 

Lima company also received debriefs from our now-beloved company commanders who are bringing to light some of the lessons we didn’t realize we were learning, or reminding us of back when we were “crazy”, which is fairly humorous to recall. It was extremely fun and interesting to be able to have a conversation with our company commanders without fear of the forever-dreaded piece IT. Many laughs were had, but we also learned a great deal about what the fleet is truly like through very informative and very knowledgeable persons of the United States Coast Guard.

 

As the last hour of divine hours begins to fade away, Lima company thinks of the many lessons that we have learned during this crazy week, from the insanely-useful CPR class, to the Seamanship final that we absolutely annihilated, to the final exam that made many recruits sweat almost as much as an incentive training of weeks past. Lima thinks on the pure dedication, motivation and desire to succeed that has carried us this far in recruit training, and what the future could hold for us, and of our beloved families and company commanders that have pushed us to be great. One week left, and it’s not over yet, but the finish line adorned with the Coast Guard racing stripes is within view and we are in full sprint.
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.
Coast Guard Recruit Company Lima 191 Graduation Program

 

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.

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